curtain can come down at any time"
mother of David Goodis, died in September 1967. Thereafter,
David Goodis became seriously depressed. Already suffering
from a heart condition, he entered what is now Belmont
Institute. While in the hospital, he sent a handwritten
letter to his cousin, attorney and advisor, Samuel Goodis.
The "Bill" referred to in the letter is his cousin, William
Goodis. Four months later, David Goodis was dead. The
letter was found in the files of the Estate of David Goodis
at the Ballard Spahr law firm. Corey Fields, attorney for
the Estate, read the letter at
Dear Sam --
This is to thank you for all you did for me when I was in
serious need of help. I know it was an ordeal for you, and
yet you handled it not only with logic, but with valor, and
my admiration is boundless.
If you wish to visit me, or if Bill would like to see me,
hours are 1-3 P.M. on Sundays and 6-8 P.M. on Tuesdays and
Thursdays. As we both agreed, the house should be put up
for sale, and the real estate firm handling the matter
should be Lam and Buchsbaum. A close friend of mine for
many years, Mr. Morton Krouse of 6000 N. 13 St., has told
me that he would like to purchase the house, and it is my
wish that he be given priority in this regard.
Because of the fact that I have a coronary condition,
there's really no telling how long I can last. I'm trying
as best as I can to make a physical and emotional comeback.
On the emotional level, I feel that I can climb out of this
mess. But with a coronary situation, the curtain can come
down at any time. Therefore, it is my wish that in case I
pass out of the picture, the most feasible move in regard
to all decisions involving the best possible care for Herb
is to consult with Dr. Herbert Adler, inasmuch as I am very
much impressed by his ability in the filed. Although we
decided that Norristown State Hospital was a wise choice,
since Herb is kept busy there with industrial therapy, and
is also more or less adjusted to the place, it is possible
that Dr. Adler is in a better position to judge, and that
is my reason for making this suggestion.
Again, my deepest gratitude, and my fondest wishes to you
photographed this item from the collection of David Goodis
pulp materials. In this edition, David Goodis wrote under
his own name and the pen name of David Crewe. The
collection was compiled by Dennis McMillan