The multimillion-dollar Cable Center officially opened its doors to the
cable industry Tuesday night in Denver, with a series of opening activities
culminating in the induction of seven honorees into the Hall of Fame.
The fifth Hall of Fame class, and the first to be inducted at The Cable
Center, was made up of Dan Aaron, the late Ed Allen, Frank Drendel, Joe Gans
Sr., Edward (Ted) Rogers, Gene Schneider and Gail Sermersheim.
Some 800 attendees feted the seven inductees at the Magness Arena on the
campus of the University of Denver, which houses the Cable Center.
Perhaps the evening's most touching moment came with the induction of Aaron,
the former Comcast Corp. president and cofounder, who is confined to a
wheelchair due to Parkinson's disease.
Bill Bresnan, president of Bresnan Communications, called Aaron 'a special
man who so well deserves tonight's special honor,' and recounted how Aaron
created the Dan Aaron Parkinson's Disease Foundation after learning that he had
the disease. 'He continues to set an example for us all,' Bresnan added.
Allen was past chairman and CEO of Western
Drendel is chairman and CEO of CommScope Inc.
Gans is chairman of Gans Multimedia Partnership.
Rogers is president and CEO of Rogers Communications Inc.
Schneider is chairman and CEO of UnitedGlobalCom Inc.
And Sermersheim is a former senior vice president and general manager at Home