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Eric was featured in Michael Moore's movie "SiCKO". This is the article that The Daily Olympian, our local Newspaper published on the subject from June 28, 2007. Enjoy!

Moore's movie 'SiCKO' spotlights Olympia man

Breanne Coats
The Olympian

OLYMPIA When Eric "E.T." Turnbow of Olympia videotaped himself doing a handstand on London's Abbey Road in 1997, it had two unintended consequences: a fall that landed him in the hospital, and a role in director Michael Moore's new movie, "Sicko."

Turnbow, now 46, dislocated his shoulder and thought the resulting medical costs would ruin his vacation. He was surprised that during his hospital stay, which lasted several hours, he had to pay only for his medication. The cost was 5 pounds, the equivalent of less than $10 at the time.

"Sicko" will be in theaters Friday, including the Regal Martin Village 16 in Lacey. The film, Moore's first since "Fahrenheit 9/11" in 2004, is a documentary aimed at highlighting the faults of the U.S. health care system.

Turnbow said his London experience is used as a bridge for Moore to go from North America to Europe in the film. He said Moore goes to England to see if health care there is really that inexpensive.

Turnbow never talked directly to Moore during filming but said that at a premiere of "Sicko" June 14 in Seattle, Moore recognized him immediately and mouthed "thank you."

"(Moore's) sister (Anne Moore) made the comment, 'You are the one that provided some comic relief in the middle of our little picture,' " Turnbow said about the premiere.

Turnbow, a guitarist, singer and karaoke disc jockey, said he has been entertaining people since grade school. The passionate Beatles fan his house is adorned with artifacts featuring the band was in London to visit the place where The Beatles recorded. He was filming himself on the stretch of road immortalized on the cover of the Beatles album "Abbey Road" when he fell.

He said about Moore, "I believe what he stands for. He's kind of a rebel, and I'm kind of a rebel as well."

He agrees with Moore's stance about socialized medicine.

"What they need to do is take the profit factor out of medicine," Turnbow said.

Turnbow works nights as a DJ at the Viking Lounge in Lacey and owns E.T.'s Cosmic Karaoke. He said he surfs the Web as a hobby and subscribes to Moore's e-mail list.

Picked from 25,000

Moore had sent a message to his e-mail group asking for medical-treatment stories. Turnbow said Moore picked his response from about 25,000.

In his message to Moore, Turnbow mentioned his short experience with England's socialized health care.

"(Moore) just thought the thing on Abbey Road was funny," Turnbow said. "I don't mind a good laugh at my expense. I was honored to be a part of it."

After dozens of phone calls with Moore's assistants and turning over evidence to show his story was true, Turnbow received notification about a month ago that his story made it into the movie.

Moore's assistants sifted through four hours of Turnbow's vacation footage and compiled a piece about two minutes long. Turnbow said it includes his arrival in London, singing an original song with a friend, the soon-to-be-famous fall and him on medication.

Turnbow took his sister, Katherine Peil, to the premiere. Other family members plan to see his big-screen debut Friday.

"It's fun," said his mother, Jean. "Not everyone walks on their hands on Abbey Road."

Besides VIP passes to the Seattle premiere, Turnbow did not receive compensation.

"I didn't ask for any money because I'm in it for the cause and to be immortalized," he said.

Breanne Coats is a news intern at The Olympian. She can be reached at 360-704-6871 or bcoats@theolympian.com. Click HERE for Northwest Karaoke and Entertainment Guide News Stories about ET.

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E.T.'s Cosmic Karaoke & DJ acting as KWCUSA's WA State manager, proudly announces that winners of the Washington State Finals held March 13, 2003, at Nickelbys in Tumwater, are:

Anne Chappell

Shawn Young

E.T.'s will again be hosting Washington State finals for the Karaoke World Champions contest in March 2004, (as well as: Region 1 (five state) Finals in April, and USA finals in May. Subject to change.)

E.T.'s is also authorized to hold our own preliminary tournament for KWCUSA. E.T.'s finalists (2) will be selcted by the end of December, and may advance into KWCUSA semi-finals ( Semi-finals to be held during Jan. and Feb. 2004.)

If your venue is intersested in participating, contact E.T. now, as KWCUSA entry level contests run from August through December.

Phone: (360) 943-7039 for bookings

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E.T. has done the math. After 292 Karaoke shows in five and a half years, it is time to say goodbye to all the folks over at The Olympia Keg. We did our first show there on May 3rd 1998 and had gone strong since then. Due to corporate decisions made in Canada, and beyond our control, after 5 and a half years, we performed our LAST show there on Saturday, September 27th 2003 starting at 10 pm. The turn out was fantastic, and we all had a really great time whoopimg it up and singing all our favorites. Several of E.T.'s staff were onhand including Joel and Charity, and Mr. Tim Prellwitz. As requested by management, E.T. personaly hosted this event. The Keg gave our company a job when times where tough, and have become like family members to our entire staff. We will miss it! E.T. would like to extend an EXRA SPECIAL thanks to Traci, Wayne, and Lee who made our gigs happenl! We will remain for our annual New Years show, and the Staff Christmas party if our present plans hold, so make plans for New Years NOW!

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