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Dr. Cooper Said Yes!

Exciting news last week from the state of Texas about our Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for this year. We offered the award to Dr. Kenneth Cooper, founder of the Cooper Institute and the individual who coined the term "aerobics," and he accepted last week.

It was an easy choice to pick Dr. Cooper, but not such an easy task to find him available. We'd checked into the possibility of offering the award to him at least twice in the past, but each time he was unavailable to come to the Club Industry show in October. This year, our persistence paid off!

Now the even better news for attendees of the conference. Not only will Dr. Cooper accept the award in person at the conference on Oct. 15, but he will also offer the keynote address. This year is the first year we've had the winner of the award also present the keynote address so that will offer a nice change of pace for the presentation.

I will also be interviewing Dr. Cooper for a profile on him, which will appear in our September issue. I hope he can also provide some information for our 25th anniversary issue later this year. Even though I just visited the Cooper Aerobics Center at Craig Ranch in late February, I wasn't able to speak with Dr. Cooper at the time, so I'm looking forward to interviewing him and meeting him in person in October. --Pam

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