Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Just in case it slipped by while you weren't paying attention
Dr. Robert Cade, the "inventor" of Gatorade (apparently a name chosen by combining "alligator" and "lemonade") has died of kidney failure at the age of 80. He will forever be remembered for spawning a multibillion-dollar "sports drink" industry. The University of Florida (fittingly) announced his passing. This was the institution where Dr. Cade and other researchers made the "eureka" discovery in 1965 that the school's football players were sweating out their valuable carbohydrates and electrolytes in the Florida heat. According to Dr. Cade the discovery was made when former Gator Coach Dwayne Douglas, asked him the age-old question, "Doctor, why don't football players wee-wee after a game?" "That question changed our lives," Cade said. Generations of the Cade family now living in gated Florida communities are grateful.