“AAI is responsible for my current life and most of my truly cherished friends. One of my greatest memories is from 1985 when Mary Lou Retton’s agent approached me about needing a ride. I of course agreed, and soon Mary Lou and her agent came running out from the loading dock, jumped into the back of my beat-up Chevy van, and yelled “go go go”! I started driving and saw hundreds of fans chasing us on foot yelling for Mary Lou! I followed directions and didn’t stop as two police cars eventually fell into formation in front and behind me to provide an escort back to Mary Lou’s hotel. As they got out of the van and thanked me, Mary Lou handed me her warmup jacket and gave me one of her million dollar smiles. I’ll never forget it.”