RARA-AVIS: Goodis Con

From: DJ-Anonyme@webtv.net
Date: 31 Aug 2006

I was recently sent this. Thought this was a good place to pass it on:

To whom it may concern,
  Could you please pass on the following information regarding a conference to honor David Goodis.  Thank you very much.  Please contact me with any questions.  Yours, Lou Boxer
  What do Humphrey Bogart, Jane Mansfield and Anne Bancroft have in common?  DAVID GOODIS
  I am a big David Goodis fan.  I know that you are also a David Goodis fan.
  I am writing to you hoping that you would like to share in a tribute be planned in memory of David Goodis to be held on January 5th, 6th and 7th of 2007 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
  January will mark the 40th anniversary of his death.   I feel that he has long gone unrecognized and unappreciated for his great contribution to the movie industry and noir/hard-boiled/existential writing.  His artistic style lives on in any number of modern film makers (Quentin Tarantino and Steven Soderbergh) and writers (Duane Swierczynski, Ken Bruen, Andrew Vachss, Jason Starr, Jim Nisbet and George Pelecanos).
  It is my hope that the conference will attract fans of Goodis (writers, movie makers, movie aficionados, academicians and readers), will inspire people to learn more about one of the most fascinating Philadelphians and will renew a long overdue interest in David Goodis.
  The conference ("GoodisCon") will be conducted over a three day period in Goodis' hometown.
  The conference will be divided into three parts: the man, the myth and the legacy.  The man portion will examine David Goodis' life in Philadelphia and in Hollywood.  It is our intention to interview and/or have friends, family and biographers discuss their thoughts and memories of David Goodis.  The myth portion of the conference will examine the many stories that abound about him.  There will be discussions led by various academicians specializing in David Goodis and his works.  The legacy portion of the conference will be dedicated to the ongoing influence of David Goodis today in the form of books, movies and theatre. 
  Our goal is to create a setting where people can come together, learn about a fascinating man and engage in lively conversation about this enigmatic man and his desire to portray the plight of the down trodden. 
  It would be an honor and a pleasure to have you attend this important event with us.
  Please visit our website at http://societyhillplyhouse.org/goodiscon.html.
  Thank you very much for your time and cooperation.
  Louis M. Boxer, M.D.

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