Philadelphia: 18 February 2008

Minutes of the 2nd Annual General

Meeting of the John O'Hara Society,
Saturday, 16 February 2008

The meeting was held at the Warwick Hotel, 17th Street, Philadelphia.

Opening remarks, at 7 p.m., welcoming about 20 members and guests were made by Richard Carreño, corresponding secretary. Richard offered a toast to the 'Squire of Princeton.'

Attendees signed an attendance book. They were also able to peruse (and take home, courtesy of the Philadelphia Book ConneXion, a free book distribution service) numerous editions of O'Hara titles. An O'Hara scrapbook was also available for viewing.

Photographs were snapped by Justin Carreño, and these will be posted to the Society's website (

Among those attending were:

Robert and Jenny Saliba, New Jersey (
David Morowitz MD, Washington (
Justin Carreño, New Orleans (
Barry and Claude-Marie Lane, Toronto (
Joan Kane, Philadelphia (
Richard Carreño, Philadelphia (
John Hitchner, Keene, NH (
Frank and DeeAnna Bompadre, Philadelphia (
Bev Blynn, Philadelphia (

It was noted that NO Pottsville-based members were present.

Richard noted that a tour of 'O'Hara's Philadelphia' would start at 10 AM Sunday, departing from the Warwick.

In a motion made by David Morowitz, MD, it was suggested that contact details of Society members be made available in a DIRECTORY. This was agreed to, in a sense of the meeting.

If you wish to have your ID and e-mail address published in an ALERT to ALL members, please notify Richard ASAP.

John Hitchner read a passage from 'Imagine Kissing Pete.'

Thanks to John and Barry Lang, the Society's 'archive' now has additional audio tapes of JOH (speaking at the Library of Congress) and others regarding his work. It was suggested that we seek an 'angel' to fund the transfer of these tapes to CD so that we might distribute the CDs to members at cost. Any ideas? Names? Send them to Richard.

After much socializing, the meeting concluded at about 10 p.m.

Richard Carreño
John O'Hara Society

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