On January 7,
2007, GoodisCON journied to Roosevelt Memorial Park, in
Bucks County, just over the Philadelphia county line, to
honor David Goodis. The ceremony was on the 40th
anniversary of his death.
On January 10, 1967, the
funeral for David Goodis was conducted at the Rosenberg's
and Raphael Sacks funeral home, 4720 North Broad Street.
The building has been demolished. An LDS church was built
on that site. After the funeral, Len Cobrin and five or 10
friends walked a block south on Broad Street to the Toddle
House at Broad and Belfield Streets, where they remembered
David. The Toddle House has a been demolished but the
footprint of the building remains. In background of the top
photograph is the former home of Beth Sholom Congregation,
where David Goodis was bar mitzvah.
Stacy Shreffler traveled from
Cambridge, Massachusetts to attend GoodisCON. She make
a tracing of the Goodis grave marker.
Film makers Larry and Sharon Withers
recorded GoodisCON for their upcoming movie, "David
Goois. . . To a Pulp."
Dominick Fantozzi places a
stone on the grave marker of David Goodis. It is Jewish
tradition to place stones on graves.
GoodisCON delegates at graveside.
Professor David Schmid of the University of Buffalo
(beard on left) addressed the conference on noir
writing. Harold Silver (center, blue jacket and brown
pants) taught David Goodis to shoot pool. His wife
Trudy (center, blue jacket and wite pants) is at his
Oscar, of the Society Hill Playhouse
staff, (right) reads memorial prayer for David Goodis.
Glen Holsten (left) is working on a film about David
Goodis. Photo by Louis Boxer.
GoodisCON organizer Louis Boxer with
film maker Larry Withers.