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May 25, 2009 · Leave a Reply

Mayo Clinic “Octogenarian Idols” Appear on Good Morning America

By Lee Aase, Director, Mayo Clinic Social Media Network @LeeAase

Marlow and Frances Cowan, the Iowa couple whose piano duet in the atrium of Mayo Clinic’s Gonda building has been viewed more than 2 million times since April 7, were featured this morning, May 26, on Good Morning America, live from ABC’s Times Square studio in New York.

I had an opportunity to interview Mr. and Mrs. Cowan last week in their Ankeny, IA home. They shared the story of their trip to Mayo Clinic and how their impromptu concert made its way to worldwide fame, as well as the philosophy of life that shows in their YouTube performance:

Mr. Cowan was 89 last September when the original video was shot; he turned 90 in February, which officially makes him a “nonagenarian idol.”

See the original post that includes their piano duet here, and click here to see the story of Sharon Turner, the Mayo Clinic patient who shot that video, as told by her daughter Jodi Hume, who uploaded the video to YouTube.

See also Mayo Clinic's YouTube channel, Facebook "fan" page and Twitter account.

Update: See the Cowans' Good Morning America appearance on the ABC Web site.

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Tags: Atrium, Frances Cowan, Gonda, Marlow Cowan, Matthew Clark PhD, Older couple, piano

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