Cade Museum Celebrates Dr. Bob Cade’s Birthday
GAINESVILLE, FLA., September 13, 2021—He was a man before his time. He made groundbreaking discoveries long before expressions like “game-changer,” “think outside the box” or “disrupt the status quo” entered our everyday vernacular.
Dr. James Robert Cade sought solutions in the most unexpected places, was a force for good in the community, and defied stereotypes around what it means to be an inventor and an entrepreneur. He was a doctor—a kidney specialist—who played violin. He was a scientist, a man of deep faith, a writer, a poet, and a collector of vintage automobiles. He invented a pneumatic football helmet and discovered an autism link in the amino acid chain of milk protein.
Most famously, Dr. Cade led the team that formulated the sports drink we now know as Gatorade.
Celebrate the man and the legacy on his birthday, Sunday, Sept. 26. The Cade Museum invites the public to a celebration to commemorate the date that would mark Dr. Cade’s 94th birthday with cupcakes served on the patio from noon to 2 p.m. or as long as supplies last.
In 2004, Dr. Cade and his family established the Cade Museum Foundation to design and build a museum in Gainesville. The Cade Museum, named in the late doctor’s honor, opened to the public on May 19th, 2018.
“Our museum reflects Dr. Cade's unstoppable spirit and new ideas and his constant, genuine interest in helping, motivating and encouraging people of all ages and experience,” said Stephanie Bailes, the Cade Museum’s President & Executive Director.
Dr. Cade was born on September 26, 1927 in San Antonio, Texas. After serving in the Navy at the end of World War II, he attended the University of Texas. In 1953, he married Mary (Strasburger) Cade, a nurse from Dallas. In 1961, after completing a post-doctoral fellowship at Cornell University Hospital in New York City, he took a position at the University of Florida medical school, where he remained the rest of his life.
When Dr. Cade invented Gatorade in 1965, it was a revolutionary invention that spawned a new industry—sports drinks. When the University of Florida first gave Cade’s Gatorade to Gator football players in a game against Louisiana State University in October 1965, in 102-degree heat, the L.S.U. Tigers succumbed to the Gators in the second half. In 1967, when Florida beat Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl, Bud Carson, Tech’s coach, said his team lost because they did not have Gatorade. In 1969, Hank Stram, coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, credited his team’s Super Bowl title to Gatorade. Gatorade became a Super Bowl tradition in 1985 when New York Giants players dumped it on coach Bill Parcells after his team beat the Washington Redskins.
Together Dr. and Mrs. Cade raised six children and helped raise twenty grandchildren. Dr. Cade died in Gainesville on Nov, 27, 2007 and Mrs. Cade died in Gainesville on September 1, 2021. Dr. and Mrs. Cade were philanthropic pillars in the Gainesville community. They provided founding donations for the Community Foundation of North Central Florida and for the Cade Museum. The Cade Museum’s mission is to transform communities by inspiring and equipping future inventors, entrepreneurs and visionaries.
Dr. Cade often quoted his favorite line from Tennyson's Ulysses "I am part of all that I have met; yet all experience is an arch where through gleams that untraveled world whose margin fades forever when I move."
About the Cade Museum
The Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention, a museum in Gainesville, Florida is committed to transforming communities by inspiring and equipping future inventors, entrepreneurs, and visionaries. Since opening in 2018, more than 100,000 visitors have experienced the Cade’s unique hands-on programming for children designed to spark imagination and inspire creativity. The Cade’s programs also help to build bridges to the innovation economy for those without access, low-income families, underserved communities, and those needing assistance to access education and start on the career paths available to them to fulfill their dreams. To learn more about the Cade Museum’s mission, visit cademuseum.org. Located at 811 S Main Street, Gainesville, Florida. Hours of operation: Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
Photos: Dr. Bob Cade and Mrs. Mary Cade
Invent Play at the Cade Museum
GAINSEVILLE, FLA. – The Cade Museum is on a new quest and is calling for all voyagers, tinkerers, and gamers to come explore the inventions of play. The Cade’s latest museum-wide theme, Toys and Games, and exhibit, The Great Indoors, welcomes explorers young and old to build their own fortress and accept their very own quest into some of their favorite video game worlds.
Toys and Games
Toys and Games is a museum-wide theme that explores inventions related to play, from PlayDoh to Lincoln Logs to Nintendo, with all new activities, experiments, and informational exhibit panels in the museum’s Rotunda, Creativity Lab, and Fab Lab.
The Rotunda will be home to PolyCade, recently back from its voyage across the “big pond” to London. The paper polyhedrons are perfect for building fortresses tall and wide. Also in the Rotunda, visitors can explore the lands of Creativity Coaster and Rigamajig to build roller coasters and machines.
On the way to the Cade’s Labs, children and families will discover that some toys were invented by accident— whoops! They can stumble into their own brilliant accidents at the Creativity Lab. Mix ideas together and stir in basic ingredients to make an oozy concoction to take home.
In the Fab Lab, visitors can become game designers and explore the horizons of videogame mechanics, gameplay, and experience. The Cade’s 3D modeling program brings to life any hero or villain that might be lurking around the game designer’s imagination and using the Pay-to-Print program allows game designers to take home their new friend—or foe. That’s not all it takes to be a game designer though, visitors will also get an introduction to basic coding and then see coding in action as Ozobots, guided by code tiles, navigate mazes built by the Cade’s designers.
The Great Indoors
Explorers can accept their own quest after climbing a “mountain” to arrive at The Petty Family Gallery. Once there, explorers encounter challenges and activities as they learn the stories behind popular video games like Legend of Zelda, Pokémon, Animal Crossing, or Katamari Damacy. With each activity, gamers take an in-depth look at the game’s inventor, learning the inspiration and the mechanics behind the games. Once gamers complete their quest, they receive a special password that unlocks a unique character in the Cade Quest arcade game, an 8-bit style video game developed by Cade Museum staff.
The Toys and Games theme and The Great Indoors exhibit work together to showcase the imagination and mechanics used to build and design basic toys and the digital gaming world. Gaming techniques used in the digital world (collecting, exploring, and communicating) translate into the real world as visitors navigate the diverse challenges and activities placed around the museum.
About the Cade Museum
The Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention, a museum in Gainesville, Florida is committed to transforming communities by inspiring and equipping future inventors, entrepreneurs, and visionaries. The Cade offers unique hands-on programming for children designed to spark imagination and inspire creativity. The Cade’s programs also help to build bridges to the innovation economy for those without access, low-income families, underserved communities, and those needing assistance to access education and start on the career paths available to them to fulfill their dreams. To learn more about the Cade Museum’s mission, visit cademuseum.org. Located at 811 S Main Street, Gainesville, Florida. Hours of operation: Thursday-Friday, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Photos: Recently featured in London, the Cade’s exhibit PolyCade returns as a part of the Cade’s new theme Toys and Games. The paper polyhedrons can be built up to towering heights and torn down again to start over.
The power of imagination is thriving in Gainesville’s Depot Park and its bright and shiny anchor, the Cade Museum
GAINESVILLE, FLA.—Since opening in 2016, Gainesville’s Depot Park has sprung to life. The idyllic patch of land teems with picnicking families, joggers, cyclists, couples playing catch with their dogs, life-size chess matches and other boisterous outdoor activities.
Sidewalks weave around ponds surrounded by wispy grasses and wildflowers, luring shorebirds, turtles, butterflies and other wildlife to the centrally located patch of land. They join the flocks of humans of all ages attending special events, movie nights, food truck rallies and art festivals.
A 20-foot-wide promenade wraps around the park’s main pond, where visitors can get a closer view of the wildlife on one of the overlooks or take it all in by relaxing on a nearby bench.
Blending seamlessly with Depot Park’s family-friendly vibe, the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention opened at the park three years ago and features fun, seasonal themes focused on innovations that have changed the way we live today, appealing to kids (and kids at heart) of all ages.
Named in honor of Dr. James Robert Cade—the UF-based physician who, in 1965, led the team that formulated Gatorade—the museum entertains and informs with colorful exhibits, two labs full of experiments and hands-on activities, and diverse, upbeat programming that embodies the inventive spirit of its namesake. Dr. Cade, after all, lived life to the fullest as a scientist, poet, musician, polymath and collector of violins and Studebakers.
The Cade’s appeal to children and families blends seamlessly with the atmosphere of Depot Park, where a playground cajoles kids into cavorting and climbing safely and easily with inclusive and accessible equipment. Swings and ramps lead to jungle gyms, and a panel with plastic spinning gears encourages sensory play. Spinning seats and a slide with rollers keep hands and feet busy.
On Saturday mornings, you can take your little ones to a crafting and story hour in the museum and a trip to the playground before grabbing lunch at one of the many venues located along Depot Park. In a rehabilitated train depot are Parkside Subs & Shop for hot and cold sandwiches and craft sodas; Goldie's Burgers, serving up Florida-grown beef patties, Po' Boys and vegan options; Humble Wood Fire presenting craft pizzas; and Boxcar Beer & Wine Garden to help parents and other grown-ups unwind with Chardonnay, Merlot and craft brews. On the other side of Depot Park is First Magnitude Brewing, offering craft beers, ciders and sodas and live music and trivia nights.
The City of Gainesville presents an array of activities in Depot Park to dazzle and inspire crowds from holiday light shows and DJ dance parties to pop-ups by local museums, story time with Alachua County Librarians, and free, weekly 5K runs. Depot Park is also a launching point for bicycle rides through the miles of trails connected to the park.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Depot Park celebrates Gainesville’s mid-19th century train station, which presided over a track connecting Florida’s east and west coasts. In 2012, the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency rehabilitated the Old Gainesville Depot, and today, informative displays detail the area’s rich history while hungry and thirsty visitors belly up to the depot’s bars and cafes for much-needed refreshments.
Depot Park was literally overhauled from the ground up -- and down. Gas, cement and other industrial operations anchored the area in its previous life. In 1997, a federal grant helped the City of Gainesville remediate the site. The “Big Dig” included removing more than 147,000 tons of contaminated soil.
When Dr. Cade and the museum’s co-founders started the Cade Museum Foundation in 2004 to build the Cade Museum (which opened in 2018), they chose Depot Park as the location because they believed in what the once industrial site could become. Today, the Cade and Depot Park work together to inspire visitors with both natural beauty and the spirit of invention.
About the Cade Museum
The Cade Museum’s mission is to transform communities by inspiring and equipping future inventors, entrepreneurs, and visionaries. In 2004, Dr. James Robert Cade and his family established the Cade Museum Foundation to build the Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention on Depot Park in Gainesville, Florida. Dr. Cade, a physician and professor of medicine at the University of Florida, was best known as the lead inventor of Gatorade in 1965. The Cade offers unique hands-on programming designed to spark imagination and inspire creativity, not only in the museum building but also out in the community. The Cade’s programs help to build bridges to the innovation economy for those without access, low-income families, underserved communities, and those needing assistance to access education and start on the career paths available to them to fulfill their dreams.
Hours of Operation: Thursday-Friday, 12pm-5pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5pm
Location: 811 S. Main, Gainesville, FL 32601
Visit CadeMuseum.org for more information.
About Depot Park
Depot Park is the crown jewel of the City of Gainesville’s municipal parks, home to 32-acres of trails, tree canopy and wetlands. Since opening in 2016, Depot Park has become a popular place for walking, cycling, and splashing in our one of a kind play area with custom splash pad. This signature greenspace celebrates the history of Gainesville as a mid-19th century stop along the Florida Railroad connecting Florida’s east and west coasts from Fernandina to Cedar Key. In 2012, the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) rehabilitated the Old Gainesville Depot, a historic train station listed on national register. Today, visitors to the park can learn more about the area’s historic past while picking up refreshments at any of the shops within the station.
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