Mr. Cooper was fabulous. He told truths about his life story that seemed to touch us all at a very deep level. On the one hand it was revelatory to some in the audience who seldom go "beyond the gates." On the other hand for those with lived experiences similar to Mr. Cooper's, there was profound resonance with his message. For all he was a clarion of hope when people think their circumstances are too difficult to overcome. I was very disappointed that there weren't many, if any, in attendance from the Athletic Dept. or from the Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences Dept. There was, however, a good turnout of people from the Benerd School of Ed., from local community organizations, from local rowing clubs, etc., and Dean Sheared gave a wonderful welcome to all. If Mr. Cooper returns to Stockton again before his book becomes a major motion picture, I would hope to see a packed house. The Alumni House was a special place to have this event, and Annie, the student intern, was very helpful in making all the arrangements for the event to succeed.