In 1969 while looking through some books, one titled “Aerobics” caught my eye. Why would you buy a book that you don’t even know what the title means? Bought it, read the first few pages and don’t remember anything about it after that, until almost 32 years later. Those few pages must have been very impressive to me.
Fast forward to 2001 in ICU and you’ll see me laying there with wires attached, measuring stuff. Dr. Cooper’s name came to mind, when discharged a few days later, went to the Internet, ordered a book titled “Aerobics Program for Total Well Being” and the author was Dr Kenneth H Cooper, the same man that wrote the book “Aerobics.”
After the book arrived, it stayed near, very near, for over a week as I read it two times, cover to cover, did what it said and lost over 118 pounds. I gave that book away to someone in need of it and bought several more over the years and gave them all away.
In March of this year the decision was made to drive on Highway 80 from Roberta, Georgia to where it ends nowadays in Dallas, Texas. Just before this car trip was conceived, Amazon was contacted, another book purchased, it arrived, was packed and taken with me to read.
On the way to Dallas it became clear to me that when reaching the western terminus of 80, the Cooper Aerobics Center would be about 15 miles away. Thoughts entered my head of driving there and taking a few pictures. I took pictures, but a strong urge had me ask one of the receptionist at Cooper Aerobics if Mr. Cooper might sign it. To make a long story short, he did sign my book, in his office, as we spoke alone for almost 1/2 hour. An unbeknownst dream come true for me.
When leaving Roberta, it seemed as though the trip was to travel the former transcontinental highway, but it turns out the trip was all about something else.