Forty-eight years ago, Army Air Corps veteran Orville Rogers picked up and read a copy of the then-controversial book, Aerobics, by Dr. Kenneth Cooper. He started running the next day and hasn’t stopped. Rogers says he’s an example of Cooper’s adage that as people age they don’t wear out; they rust out. Nearly half a century of running and maintaining a steady level of physical activity has him all the more convinced that people “don’t stop running because they get old; they get old because they stop running.”
He trained Army pilots during World War II, flew secret missions during the Cold War in the massive Consolidated B-36 (built in Fort Worth), ferried airplanes for jungle missionaries, and enjoyed a sterling career as a pilot for Braniff Airlines.
Last year, at 98 years old, he established a new world 1500 meter record of 16:32.19 for 95- to 99-year-olds, at the USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships – owning every age group world indoor track record from the 800 meters up.
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Meet Capt. Orville Rogers
Saturday, February 4, 2017, 2-4pm
Frontiers of Flight Museum
6911 Lemmon Avenue, Dallas, TX
Photo from The Cooper Aerobics Facebook page