Thank you, Dr. Bucholz, for the opportunity to address the American Academy
of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). For me, the chance to welcome the newest
members of our Academy, the Class of 2005, is a special gift. In fact, that is
the title of my talk this morning: "Orthopaedic Gifts."Here is the good news right off the bat: There won't be any bad news. If
you are a doom and gloom guy—hit the road. Furthermore, if you wanted to
hear about the good old days, I am not the guy for the job. New Academy
fellows, have you noticed when old guys talk about the "good old
days," somehow they always ended just before you got there! Nonsense.
"Now is the good old days."