The King Has Left the Building

October 26, 2009 at 10:45 pm | Posted in NAHSL Annual Meeting 2009 | 1 Comment

Tonight was the cocktail party and dinner.  It is always a pleasure to make the rounds of the room, balancing my plate of cheese and crackers while schmoozing.  When the doors opened, my wife Kathy and I led the charge to find a table and when the music stopped and everyone had found a seat, we were delighted to find ourselves dining with colleagues from CT along with MLA President, Connie Schardt.  The first order of business was a Moxie Toast.  Moxie is a local carbonated beverage that we were told is a ‘hit or miss’ proposition.  Connie produced a bottle of the elixir and everyone at the table raised their glasses.  The votes ran 50/50 for those who liked it, but most agreed, served over ice is preferable.

While dessert was being served, Marianne Burke presented a NAHSL Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously to Jay Daly.  His daughter Eowyn accepted the honor on behalf of her late father.  A standing ovation was a testament to the impact Jay had on the medical library community.  Mark Goldstein received the NAHSL Achievement Award for his contributions to the profession.

After dinner, the music came up, the lights began flashing and Elvis ran into the room.  What followed involved gyrating hips, swooning girls, sought after sweaty scarves and a romping repertoire of Elvis hits.  The dance floor filled and we did our best to break the stereotype of quiet librarians.  I’m sure that there are even a few embarrassing photos floating around out there.

Ed D.



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  1. Thank you for blogging about the banquet, Ed. I sat down to do such last night and was truly at a loss for words. That Elvis just threw me for a loop!! 🙂


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