The opening ceremony of the Academy's 1998 Annual Meeting take place on Thursday, March 19, 1998 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the La Louisianne ballroom of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Academy President Douglas W. Jackson, MD, will preside at the ceremony that honors new fellows; former Academy President John B. McGinty, MD, will give the welcoming address. A special video presentation highlighting Academy activities will be shown. The opening ceremony also features the traditional parade of flags as international and North American orthopaedic society presidents are honored. New Orleans entertainer Pete Fountain and his jazz band will perform.