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2007 NFHOF Induction Ceremony



The 2007 National Fitness Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: A Record Setting Event!

March 18, 2007
- Addison, Illinois

With over 250 in attendance, the place was packed!  There was much to see and do before the ceremony began with lively conversation and general merriment abounding.  Television interviews, photographs, sponsor booths, a silent auction and the National Fitness Museum’s mobile exhibit were some of the many things of which to be a part.  From start to finish, the 2007 Hall of Fame event was wonderful as numerous attendees said they had a terrific time and the HOF Inductees all seemed to enjoy the evening.

This year’s event was once again held in conjunction with the “Don of Sports” Awards which recognizes local individuals for their dedication of time and service to their community and demonstrated outstanding leadership & sportsmanship.  2007 “DOS” Awardees, Michael Capizzano, Billy Leagans and Ivan Vackicev and were both excited and humble in receiving the prestigious award in front of many friends and family members.

After the “Don of Sports” Awardees were recognized, 2006 HOF Inductee, Dr. Bob Goldman introduced the co-Master of Ceremony, Tony Little.  If you only know Tony through his infomercials, you don’t know the half of him.  Tony is all that you see on TV, but he is much more than that.  He is a caring individual with passion that is obvious, he is a reflective person with a great knowledge and respect of fitness history and he has a sense of business that is utterly astounding. 

The HOF inductees in attendance included Gilad Janklowicz, whose parents Harold and Ora flew all the way in from Israel to be with their son on this momentous occasion, John Abdo whose mother, Alice and daughter Martina were also in attendance, Dr. Thomas Sattler, an Illinois native and retired University of Illinois (UIC) professor and fitness greats Keli Roberts and Linda Shelton.

Thanks to the entire staff of the Oak Meadows Golf Club for providing such great service.  This was our second year at this venue and we could not have been happier.



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Hi John,

" I wanted to thank you for the invitation to last night's event.  You obviously put a lot of time and energy into it and it really showed.  We enjoyed very much the memorabilia that you had on display, what a great testament to the longevity and impact of the fitness industry!  Thank you again for the invitation, we hope to get a chance to meet with you again, GREAT WORK!"


All My Best, Angie (Wickstrom) Pattengale, NFPT
National Federation of Professional Trainers




"I just wanted to drop a short note to thank you for a wonderful evening.  The National Fitness Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was impressive and a true display of your passion, hard work, and efforts in preserving the history of fitness.  I commend you and your team for embarking on this quest and support you wholeheartedly."

In Health & Fitness, Debi Pillarelli


John, "Thank you once again for a fabulous event, a wonderful time and a night I'll always remember.  I so appreciate all that you do and of course the museum is wonderful." 
Looking forward to reading and seeing all.

Most sincerely and with great respect, Linda Shelton - 2007 HOF Inductee


Dear John:

"Thanks to you and your dad, the evening was a great success. The best part of the evening was revisiting with students I haven't seen in a long time. Thanks again."

Thomas P. Sattler, Ed.D - 2007 HOF Inductee