On Thursday, the Rotary Club of Marion welcomed Oliver and Terry Holler as the guest speakers for the regular meeting.
Oliver, a McDowell native, and his wife Terry have traveled to all 50 states and numerous foreign countries in their “Back to the Future” time machine to raise money and awareness about Parkinson’s disease. They have taken the Time Machine, which they hand built out of an original DeLorean car, for displays at science fiction and comic book conventions. They have driven it in parades, done TV and newspaper interviews and have met just about every star who appeared in the “Back to the Future” trilogy, along with other celebrities.
Most important of all, they have so far raised more than $500,000 for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Fox, who starred as Marty McFly in the classic science fiction trilogy, has Parkinson’s and there is no cure for this chronic and degenerative disease. Team Fox is the Michael J. Fox Foundation’s grassroots community initiative to help raise money and awareness for Parkinson’s research and the Hollers are a part of this effort.
As a youth growing up in Marion, Oliver kept himself busy building haunted houses for Halloween and creating special effects for Foothills Community Theatre productions. He formerly operated the Haunt Factory attraction in Asheville and the Ghosts and Legends Theater in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
For more information and to see other photos of Oliver and Terry Holler and their Time Machine, visit their website www.tothefuture.org. It also has a link to their Facebook page.
They were the guests of Rotarian and old friend Elizabeth House. Following the meeting, members of the Rotary Club had their pictures made of them sitting inside the Time Machine in the parking lot of the Marion Community Building.