Not Dead Yet – The Authors
Publisher of the Ardell Wellness Report · Gulfport, FL and Madison, WI
Don is an outspoken freethinker who promotes a philosophy of REAL wellness. REAL is an acronym for Reason, Exuberance, Athleticism and Liberty – the four dimensions of a lifestyle conducive to well being and happiness. Don is a devotee of Robert Green Ingersoll and often performs a variety of speeches, poems and quotations from the works of “Royal Bob,” “The Great Agnostic” of America’s Gilded Age.
In presentations around the country and the world since 1977, Don has integrated the highlights of his books and Wellness Reports about wellness with his three favorite topics related to current events, namely politics, sex and religion. He also offers entertaining lectures on a subject on which he has considerable experience – aging, specifically the art and science of aging well.
Don’s presentations address principles and possibilities for finding added meaning and purpose, humor and joy amidst the challenges of weight gain/stress, political correctness, religion and obstacles to vigorous daily exercise. His focus is always on positive, enjoyable ways to live better, not the usual emphasis on reducing risks, giving up bad habits or otherwise addressing matters medical and boring.
Don’s first book, a best-seller published by Rodale Press in 1977, was High Level Wellness: An Alternative to Doctors, Drugs and Disease. It sparked the wellness movement. Since then, Don has authored a dozen more, including The Wellness Orgasm: How to Live Well and Die Healthy, 14 Days to Wellness and (from Prometheus Books) The Book of Wellness: A Secular Approach to Spirituality, Meaning and Purpose.
Don has degrees from The George Washington University, The University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), Stanford University and The Union Institute. Don has received lifetime achievement awards from the Global Wellness Institute, the National Wellness Institute, the German Wellness Institute and the Brazilian Wellness Association. He is one of ten Americans given the Healthy America Fitness Leaders Award in 1991 by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Allstate Insurance Company and the U.S. Jaycees.
Don is an All-American triathlete and duathlete and has won over a dozen national titles and seven world championships including most recently in London, Edmonton, Budapest, the Gold Coast of Australia, Montreal and Tasmania.
He has produced nearly a thousand editions of the Ardell Wellness Report beginning in 1984. His expertise is in providing entertaining lectures on REAL wellness (with an emphasis on secular humanist values) and assisting organizations transition into effective, rational cultures that support the common decencies.
Jack graduated from the University of Florida in Gainesville with a BA in Economics and a minor in Philosophy in 1959. He was shortly thereafter drafted into the US Army where he spent most of his tour of duty in Augsburg, Germany. He achieved the rank of Specialist 4th Class as a piccolo and flute player in the 24th Infantry Division Band. Joining Johnson & Johnson in 1965, Jack spent 27 years in Systems Analysis, Operations, Marketing in various middle and senior management level positions. On two occasions, he received entrepreneurial awards for innovation in marketing and procurement.
Jack was the first flutist in the Doctor Symphony Orchestra in New York City from 1964 through 1966 and a member of the Greenwich Village Woodwind Quartet during that period as their flutist.
After early retirement in 1992, a 2nd career was started in recruiting physicians for the pharmaceutical industry. Eventually, Jack formed his own successful recruiting firm in 2004 at the age of 66. The firm, Wimbledon Group, Inc. placed over 50 physicians, mostly oncologists at Bristol Meyers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and others. The firm closed in 2015.
A life long athlete and runner, Jack began doing triathlons in 2005 and became serious a few years later. He has reached the podium in ITU World events on 3 occasions, including World Triathlon Champion in 2017 in Rotterdam, Holland.
Jack is married to Emelia and together they have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.