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Communications & Publications

C&P Committee Report

CINF Website: A major accomplishment from Communications & Publications is the migration of the CINF website into a Drupal environment. CINF Webmaster Danielle Dennie, working with an associate, David Pickup, completed the migration in late February. The new environment will be much easier to maintain than the previous site. It will even allow non-experts, such as committee chairs, to add and modify their own web pages. The CIB was moved to the new environment last year, and Judith Currano and Svetlana Korolev, previous Editors of the CIB, posted some of the material themselves. Having posted and edited some of the material for this edition, I can also attest to the relative ease of use of the new environment. Thanks to Danielle and David for a job well done!

ACS Network: CINF communications are an ongoing concern for the division. Some time ago, we moved from the CINF Yahoo! groups into the ACS Network. Since then, several issues have arisen. We have experienced performance issues, usually around the time of the National Meetings. Unfortunately, this is when we use the system more heavily. Second, there have been several upgrades to the Network. These have affected navigation, making it difficult to find the appropriate group. In addition, the default settings for delivery of email when a new message or document has been posted to a group were changed in one upgrade. To help improve the flow of information for CINF business, I would to ask CINF Functionaries to check their settings on the ACS Network. If you are not a member of the ACS Network group, and would like to be, please contact me at d_martinsen@acs.org. If you are a member, please ensure that you are set to receive notifications when activity happens in the group. Login at http://communities.acs.org, select “Your Groups” under the “Your Stuff” at the top of the page. Select the group, in this case “Division of Chemical Information.” There will be an “Actions” area, and if there is a link to “Stop email notifications,” your setting is OK. If you see a link to “Receive email notifications,” it means you are not set to get notified. Click on the link to enable notifications. When you click, the link should change to say “Stop email notifications.” CINF committee groups are under control of the committee chair, but if you are in a group, make sure you have the same setting for Action in that group. If you see a link to “Receive email notifications,” click it to enable notifications.

David Martinsen
Chair, CINF Communications and Publications Committee

CINF Webinars

At the ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, the Chemical Information Division decided in its Long Range Planning meeting to experiment with webinars as a way to expand the reach of its programming beyond the National Meetings. The plan was to begin in 2013, offering a webinar every 2 months with popular speakers from the symposia. Tony Williams, then Chair-Elect, began lining up speakers quite quickly, and so the first webinar was held in October, and the second in December.

Alex Clark

Alex Clark, from Molecular Materials, Inc., spoke on “Practical cheminformatics workflows with mobile apps.” He discussedsome of the things he tries to do when designing apps, and some things to consider when creating apps. He also discussed some of the drawbacks of tablet computing at the current time, and the vision he has for creating a fully functional chemistry environment on mobile devices.

Jean-Claude Bradley

The second webinar saw Jean Claude-Bradley, chemistry professor at Drexel University, talking about the open science movement. He described his experience in which students examine the disparity of experimental measurements in published data, make and post measurements of their own, and seek to explain why the published values can be so vastly different.

Jason Priem

The third webinar featured Jason Priem, graduate student at the Univerity of North Carolina, discussing the altmetrics movement. Jason originated the term, which describes an umbrella of metrics related to article usage and discussion on articles on social media. These are complementary to impact factor and H-index. Jason’s webinar was somewhat different from those of the previous two speakers, both of whom are well known to the CINF community. Jason has not spoken before at an ACS meeting, but the topic is definitely of interest to CINFers.

The webinars have been hosted using Adobe Connect and MeetingBurner, compliments of ACS Publications. The first 2 webinars saw between 25 and 40 attendees. The third webinar, of interest beyond the CINF community, attracted 50 attendees. Webinar information can be found at https://acscinf.org/content/webinars. Recordings of the webinars can be found at the same address.

David Martinsen
Chair, CINF Communications and Publications Committee

Education Committee

Education Committee Report

The Education Committee met on Saturday, August 18, 2012 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Philadelphia Convention Center, Room 118A.

Attending:

Chuck Huber, chair, Grace Baysinger, chair 2013-14, Donna Wrublewski, Adrienne Koslowski, consultant

Review of Philadelphia meeting – August 19 – 23, 2012: The Education Committee was directly involved with the Thursday afternoon, “Legal, Patent and Digital Rights Management in Publishing” symposium (Judith Currano presiding; Judith Currano and Chuck Huber, organizers.) The symposia “Hunting for Hidden Treasures: Chemical Information in Patents and Other Documents” all day Sunday and “Future of the History of Chemistry” all day Monday were also recommended for their educational relevance.

Report on Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE) 2012: Penn State (University Park, PA) July 29 – August 2, 2012: About 1500 chemical educators attended this year’s meeting. An all-day symposium, “Before and After the Lab,” was organized by several Education Committee members and former members (Grace Baysinger, Judith Currano, Andrea Twiss-Brooks and Adrienne Koslowski.) It featured nine speakers, a mixture of librarians and chemistry faculty, with 30 attendees at its peak. Presentations included: “Wikipedia in a Writing Assignment,” “Collaboration Between Faculty and Librarians,” “Presentation Skills for Undergraduates,” “Ethical Issues,” and “Chemical Information Literacy.” The last, by Grace Baysinger, delved into the CINF-endorsed recommendations for chemical information literacy for undergraduates.

Looking ahead to New Orleans – April 7 – 11, 2013: Chemistry of Energy & Food: Symposia of interest include: “What Chemists Need to Know about IP/Author Rights,” “Food Safety Information” (organizer: Andrea Twiss-Brooks); “Library Spaces” (organizer: Andrea Twiss-Brooks), and “Public Chemistry Databases” (organizer: Antony Williams). One symposium, originally slated for New Orleans, “Print Resources in the Electronic Era” (organizer: Grace Baysinger) has been moved back to the Indianapolis meeting.

Looking ahead to Indianapolis – September 8 – 12, 2013: Chemistry in Motion: Symposia of interest include: “Print Resources in the Electronic Era” (see above), “Education for Cheminformatics” (suggested by the proximity of the Indiana University cheminformatics program; possible organizer: Jeremy Garritano); “Digital Archiving” (possible organizer: Andrea Twiss-Brooks); and a student-only session, whether poster or oral to be determined. One symposium slated for Indianapolis “Chemical Information for Small Teaching Colleges” has been deferred to the San Francisco Fall 2014 meeting.

Looking ahead to Dallas – March 16 – 20, 2014: The theme for Dallas had not yet been announced. The committee decided to defer further program planning until the theme is announced.

Looking ahead to BCCE 2014: Grand Valley State University, Annandale, MI, August 3 – 7, 2014: The theme for this meeting is “Sustainability: Greener on the Grand.” The conference website is: http://148.61.114.203/bcce/dates.html. The call for workshops begins June 3, 2013; for symposia, the call begins August 1, 2013. The deadline for both is December 2, 2013. The committee will try to recruit a local (Michigan-area) liaison for CINF. One complicating factor is how close BCCE 2014 is on the calendar to the San Francisco ACS National Meeting (the latter begins only a few days after the former ends.)

Looking ahead to San Francisco – August 10 – 14, 2014: The “Chemical Information for Small Teaching Colleges” symposium has been deferred to this meeting. As San Francisco meetings are usually highly attended, we want to prepare more programs once the theme is available.

Information Competencies for Chemistry Undergraduates: Grace Baysinger will add a link to the current version of the document on the CINF website. We will keep in touch with ACS Committee on Professional Training to get them to link to the document. The Wikibooks link for the document is: http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Information_Competencies_for_Chemistry_Unde....

Information Competencies for Chemistry Graduates: Judith Currano has prepared an outline. Grace Baysinger will post a copy of this draft document on ACS Network for the CINF Education Committee.

Chair-Elect: Selection of a vice-chair/chair-elect was deferred to the New Orleans meeting.

XCITR: All agreed that we need to encourage more of our colleagues to deposit teaching materials (or links to teaching materials) in XCITR. How best this might be accomplished was not resolved.

Respectively submitted,
Chuck Huber
Chair of CINF Education Committee

XCITR

XCITR

I am delighted to announce that XCITR (Explore Chemical Information Teaching Resources) has found a new home. After a successful transfer from FIZ Chemie Berlin, the program is now hosted and maintained by the eScience group of the Royal Society of Chemistry and is accessible at http://www.xcitr.org.

We are very grateful and thank FIZ Chemie, especially Prof. René Deplanque, Dr. Gregor Zimmermann and Dr. Ira Fresen, for hosting and maintaining the program in the past. Their efforts in the development of XCITR are very much appreciated.

The program is a collaborative project of the Division of Computer-Information-Chemistry (CIC) of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) and the Division of Chemical Information (CINF) of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

The purpose is to facilitate the availability and distribution of instructional material in chemical information. XCITR is a hub in which librarians, instructors and information providers deposit and access important and useful teaching materials. Additionally, one can find educational materials about library services and collections.

The open source system uses Drupal to make full use of Web 2.0 functionalities. Contents can be provided as documents (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and PDF files), embedded videos (from www.youtube.com) or slideshows (from www.slideshare.net), and as external web-based instructional materials by providing a link. At present, over 50 documents have been submitted. All submissions are evaluated by an Editorial Committee to make sure that they are within the scope of the collection. The system is available at http://www.xcitr.org and can be accessed without a password for browsing.

We urge readers to become familiar with XCITR and its content and to submit instructional material that may be of interest and help to other information specialists.

Pull-down menus help make it quick and easy to supply metadata for a resource. When finished, please choose “Review” on the Workflow tab to initiate the submission process with the editorial board.

Details of the program and its history are available in the Fall 2011 Newsletter of the Division of Chemical Education’s Committee on Computers in Chemical Education (CCCE) Newsletter at http://www.ccce.divched.org/P1Fall2011CCCENL.

Please contact me if you have any questions at ggrethe AT att.net.

Guenter Grethe


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Book Reviews

The Scientific Sherlock Holmes: Cracking the Case with Science and Forensics by James O’Brien, Oxford University Press, New York, 2013.  xx + 175 pp. ISBN: 978-0-19-979496-6 (hardcover). $29.95.

Along with a review of a book on the history of chemistry, and to some extent forensics, this review covers a book on chemistry and forensics in literature. Not just any literature, but the famous series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring Sherlock Holmes (and Dr. Watson). The Holmes “Canon” is comprised of sixty stories and all involve some aspect of science. Doyle was the author of other works besides the Holmes Canon, but the latter is the most famous with many “fan clubs” worldwide.

In this book, the Canon is described in the Introduction. Chapter one presents a biography of Doyle who was trained and practiced as a physician. Chapter two presents “biographies” of the main characters, especially Holmes, Watson, and the arch enemy Moriarty.

Chapter three presents Holmes as a pioneer in forensic science. Poe may have invented the detective story but Doyle created the forerunner of the modern detective, especially in powers of deduction. Holmes employs several forensic techniques before they were adopted by distinguished crime agencies. Included are Bertillon measurements, fingerprints, footprints, handwriting, printed documents, and cryptology. Application of some of these methods to solving modern, “real” crimes is described (e.g., the Zodiac Killer and the Lindbergh baby kidnapper).

The book hits its stride in chapter four where Holmes’ expertise in chemistry (he fancied himself as a chemist) is discussed. Although Watson’s evaluation of Holmes’ chemical expertise evolved over the course of the stories, Holmes showed his knowledge of coal tar derivatives and dyes, chemical poisons, and other chemicals. None other than Isaac Asimov criticized Holmes’ chemical expertise, but O’Brien shows that this criticism was unfounded.

Chapter five covers other sciences and technical issues including math, probability, geometry, anatomy, botany, physics, optics, astronomy, geology, and meteorology. Chapter six covers ratings of the Holmes stories, from best to worst. An appendix covers scientific scams that Doyle may or may not have been involved in, followed by references and an index.

The author, Professor of Chemistry Emeritus at Missouri State University, has previously given a presentation on Holmes at a symposium at an ACS meeting which was published as an ACS Symposium Series book1. In addition, on the topic of Holmes and chemistry, the Journal of Chemical Education announced a virtual online issue titled The Chemical Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

Whether or not you are a Holmes fan, this book will be an enjoyable read. If you have not read Holmes previously, you may be induced to read at least some of the stories. If you have read them, you may be inspired to read them again with even more enjoyment. The book is also recommended to those interested in forensic science and the history of chemistry2.

Bob Buntrock
Orono, ME
buntrock16@roadrunner.com

1. O, Brien, J. F.; Sherlock Holmes: the Eccentric Chemist. In Chemistry and Science Fiction; Stocker, J. H., Ed.; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 1998; pp. 105-125.
2. http://pubs.acs.org/page/jceda8/vi/1

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The Case of the Poisonous Socks: Tales from Chemistry by William H. Brock. RSC Publishing: Cambridge, UK, 2011. vii + 348 pp. ISBN: 978-1-84973-324-3 (paper). £19.99.

Those who attended the CINF Luncheon at the ACS Meeting in Philadelphia on Aug. 21, 2012, heard a preview of this book. The author, William Brock, was the speaker and presented several very entertaining stories about chemists in history. I don’t recall how many of them are in the book, but he began with the title headliner. Over 150 years of chemical history are covered in forty two chapters, essays on both chemical topics and the chemists involved. Brock has retired from the University of Leicester (UK) and has presented these and other essays in journals and magazines as well as oral presentations. The emphasis is on European chemists, organizations, and education, but the impact on US chemical history is also presented. The chemists featured range from Justus Liebig and William Ramsay to C. K. Ingold and C. P. Snow including several women. An excellent, lighter read, with many stories, both familiar and novel, a great job of fleshing out the personalities of many chemists in the history of chemistry.

Bob Buntrock
Orono, ME
buntrock16@roadrunner.com 

Literature Digest

The “Literature Digest” section of the Chemical Information Bulletin is designed to highlight recent articles by or of interest to the CINF membership. If you have recently authored an article, please tell us about it! If you have read an article that interested you and that you think would interest others, we would be delighted to hear about it, as well. Just send us the reference, and we’ll be happy to review it for inclusion in this column!

The following articles were published since 2012, and were assembled by Song Yu in the month of March.

Abramo, Giovanni, Ciriaco Andrea D'Angelo, and Flavia Di Costa. 2012. “Identifying interdisciplinarity through the disciplinary classification of coauthors of scientific publications.” J. Am. Soc. Inf. Sci. Technol. 63 (11): 2206-2222.

Aguillo, Isidro F. 2012. “Is Google Scholar useful for bibliometrics? A webometric analysis.” Scientometrics 91 (2): 343-351.

Anon. 2012. “Open access.” Nat. Mater. 11 (5): 353.

Bajorath, Juergen. 2012. “Chemoinformatics: Recent advances at the interfaces between computer and chemical information sciences, chemistry, and drug discovery.” Bioorg. Med. Chem. 20 (18): 5316.

Bjoerk, Bo-Christer. 2012. “The hybrid model for open access publication of scholarly articles: A failed experiment?” J. Am. Soc. Inf. Sci. Technol. 63 (8): 1496-1504.

Bornmann, Lutz, Werner Marx, Yuri Gasparyan Armen, and D. Kitas George. 2012. “Diversity, value and limitations of the journal impact factor and alternative metrics.” Rheumatol Int 32 (7): 1861-7.

Castro, Eduardo A. , and A.K.  Haghi. 2012. Advanced methods and applications in chemoinformatics : research progress and new applications Hershey, PA: Engineering Science Reference.

Enserink, Martin. 2012. “As open access explodes, how to tell the good from the bad and the ugly?” Science (Washington, DC, U. S.) 338 (6110): 1018.

Franck, Georg. 2012. “Open access: a revolution in scientific publication? Or just a minor amendment of accessibility?” Cell Cycle 11 (22): 4115-4117.

Giglia, E., and A. Swan. 2012. “Open Access to data for a new, open science.” Eur J Phys Rehabil Med 48 (4): 713-6.

Hambleton, Peter. 2012. “Open access publishing.” Chem. Ind. (Chichester, U. K.) 76 (8): 19.

Harnad, Stevan. 2012. “Open access: A green light for archiving.” Nature (London, U. K.) 487 (7407): 302.

Heller, Stephen, Alan McNaught, Stephen Stein, Dmitrii Tchekhovskoi, and Igor Pletnev. 2013. “InChI - the worldwide chemical structure identifier standard.” J Cheminform 5 (1): 7.

Jubb, Michael. 2012. “Open access: Let's go for gold.” Nature (London, U. K.) 487 (7407): 302.

Kozak, Marcin, and Lutz Bornmann. 2012. “A new family of cumulative indexes for measuring scientific performance.” Plos One 7 (10): e47679.

Milojevic, Stasa. 2012. “How are academic age, productivity and collaboration related to citing behavior of researchers?” Plos One 7 (11): e49176.

Neylon, Cameron. 2012b. “Science publishing: Open access must enable open use.” Nature 492 (7429): 348-9.

Nikolov, Nikolai, Todor Pavlov, R. Niemela Jay, and Ovanes Mekenyan. 2013. “Accessing and using chemical databases.” Methods Mol Biol 930: 29-52.

Quigley, David, David Freshwater, Mikhail Alnajjar, Dina Siegel, Murty Kuntamukkula, and Fred Simmons. 2012. “Use of chemical information database accuracy measurements as leading indicators.” J. Chem. Health Saf. 19 (3): 18-22.

Rordorf, Dietrich. 2012. “Sustained growth of the Impact Factors of MDPI open access journals.” Molecules 17: 1354-1356.

Smith, Christopher. 2012. “Open access: Hard on lone authors.” Nature (London, U. K.) 487 (7408): 432.

Solomon, David J., and Bo-Christer Bjoerk. 2012a. “Publication fees in open access publishing: Sources of funding and factors influencing choice of journal.” J. Am. Soc. Inf. Sci. Technol. 63 (1): 98-107.

Solomon, David J., and Bo-Christer Bjoerk. 2012b. “A study of open access journals using article processing charges.” J. Am. Soc. Inf. Sci. Technol. 63 (8): 1485-1495.

Waltman, Ludo, Clara Calero-Medina, Joost Kosten, Ed C. M. Noyons, Robert J. W. Tijssen, Nees Jan van Eck, Thed N. van Leeuwen, Anthony F. J. van Raan, Martijn S. Visser, and Paul Wouters. 2012. “The Leiden ranking 2011/2012: Data collection, indicators, and interpretation.” J. Am. Soc. Inf. Sci. Technol. 63 (12): 2419-2432.

Waltman, Ludo, and Michael Schreiber. 2013. “On the calculation of percentile-based bibliometric indicators.” J. Am. Soc. Inf. Sci. Technol. 64 (2): 372-379.

Waltman, Ludo, and Nees Jan van Eck. 2012a. “The inconsistency of the h-index.” J. Am. Soc. Inf. Sci. Technol. 63 (2): 406-415.

Waltman, Ludo, and Nees Jan van Eck. 2012b. “A new methodology for constructing a publication-level classification system of science.” J. Am. Soc. Inf. Sci. Technol. 63 (12): 2378-2392.

Waltman, Ludo, Nees Jan van Eck, and Anthony F. J. van Raan. 2012. “Universality of citation distributions revisited.” J. Am. Soc. Inf. Sci. Technol. 63 (1): 72-77.

Joint Board Council Committee on CAS

JOINT BOARD-COUNCIL COMMITTEE ON CAS (CCAS) - REPORT TO C&EN

The Committee met in Executive Session on August 17, 2012. CCAS continues to fulfill its responsibilities in a purposeful manner – serving as a channel for the flow of information between Society members (and users of CAS services), the ACS Governing Board for Publishing, and CAS management, assuring that each party’s needs are researched, recognized and represented.

CAS management reported on a number of developments at the most recent meeting, and members were pleased to learn that new SciFinder training modules have been developed, moving toward a more integrated, user-focused approach. CAS management has been working with committee members to seek input on new training approaches to more effectively reach users.

CAS will reach another milestone later this year: The CAS REGISTRY was expected surpass 70 million organic and inorganic molecules. The Registry maintains its status as the gold standard for substance information as the largest collection of unique substances.

The “SciFinder Future Leaders in Chemistry” program, established in 2010, again provided an opportunity for outstanding Ph.D. Chemistry students from around the world to exchange ideas and experiences in chemistry and informatics. As part of their program experience, they joined chemistry professionals in Philadelphia to attend the national meeting and exposition.

Members were also pleased to learn that ACS Publications and CAS introduced Reference QuickView, a dynamic new feature powered by SciFinder that enables readers of web content to view directly the text of abstracts linked to bibliographic citations within an ACS Publications journal article or book chapter. Reference QuickView enables readers viewing the full-text HTML version of an ACS article to scan abstracts from the broader literature, across millions of citations drawn from a broad array of scientific disciplines covered by CAS.

CCAS continues its role as a conduit of information. The committee communicates its mission through its web site on the ACS Network where society members as well as nonmembers can post questions and feedback for CCAS members. Members solicit input from numerous avenues including local sections, colleges, and patent users. Social media is also being utilized to increase awareness – a CCAS Facebook has been established.

Reprinted from:
Chemical and Engineering News,
http://cen.acs.org/articles/91/i3/Official-Reports-ACS-National-Meeting.html
Volume 91 Issue 3 | Web Exclusive
Issue Date: January 21, 2013 | Web Date: January 15, 2013

Submitted by Spiro Alexandratos, CCAS Chair

Notes: Effective January 1, 2013, Grace Baysinger became the Chair of the Chemical Abstracts Committee.  In addition to posting items on CHMINF-L, CCAS has an open group page on the ACS Network (https://communities.acs.org/groups/chemical-abstracts-service-committee) and a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ACSCommitteeChemicalAbstractsService).  

Harry’s Party

By Peter F. Rusch and Harry M. Allcock

“Harry’s Party has been hosted by Harry M. Allcock (IFI/Plenum Data Corporation) at every ACS National Meeting since the early 1960’s. While ‘unofficial’, it has become a divisional tradition to which every attendee looks forward on Monday evening.

Every party is well attended and is always considered as the best place to renew old acquaintances, to make new friends, and to exchange most-up-to-date information, especially on newest trends in information processing as well as who manages whom and what. The best remembered party was the one in the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on August 25, 1980, when Harry and his associates served drinks standing in a huge decorative bathtub.”

The opening paragraphs are from Val Metanomski’s prodigious and detailed history of the ACS Division of Chemical Information (CINF). Our objective is to paint a more complete picture filled with fact, trivia and wit that seemed to pervade all of Harry’s Parties.

Started in 1964 by Harry Allcock (“it’s a title not a name”) when there were few social events for the Division of Chemical Information at ACS National Meetings, it was a famous meeting place for all who attended. Generously hosted by Harry until his retirement when FIZ CHEMIE Berlin continued the tradition until 2012.

Harry headed the successful IFI (Information for Industry) part of Plenum Publishing. Their product was a series of databases covering US patents for as long a period as data could be found. IFI even had information that the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) had lost. The databases contained straightforward bibliographic data for US patents and a deeply indexed portion of high value.

For those of you who have met Harry, you know he is truly one of the most gregarious people to ever be in the chemical information business. Can anyone imagine Harry at a National ACS Meeting and not be involved in a party? Of course not!

Getting the ACS to host a party or, frankly, paying hotel prices for a hosted party, ran counter to Harry’s sensibilities. So, Harry took things into his own hands. I was a willing accomplice in many of these, but not at the beginning.

In the early days, Harry and IFI staff would arrange for refreshments, send out the invitations and have great party. One of Harry’s colleagues, Charlie Merrick, who owned and operated Rapid Patent, a patent copy service, was always present. Sadly his participation came to an end when he perished in a helicopter accident while traveling in New Zealand.

Harry continued. Eventually, I (Peter) became involved and it is those parties that I want to share with you.

How to throw Harry’s Party the old-fashioned way.

Hotel accommodations. Make arrangements at one of the hotels at the ACS National Meeting city, preferably through some ACS staff member who knows a good party. Reserve a hotel suite with a bedroom on either side. High floor is good. Arrive at the hotel on Sunday and check-in to the bedrooms. On Monday (the traditional day for Harry’s Party) get the key to the suite. Open the doors for inspection.

In Anaheim, Harry was unable to access the bedroom on the other side of the suite. The hotel manager assured him that the second bedroom would be cleaned and available by the time of the party. Finally, Harry saw a woman on the balcony that connected the bedrooms and the suite. Thinking her to be from the housekeeping staff, he politely thanked her for making up the room. In reality, her business arrangement with the previous occupant was completed and she wasn’t about to clean up anything.

Refreshments. This starts on Sunday because what’s needed first is several appropriate boxes. These are easily found at the ACS Exhibition that is setting up. Boxes with corporate logos, such as Plenum Publishing boxes, are essential. Also go by some booth to acquire a dozen plastic bags. Mission accomplished and on to phase two.

Harry’s Party is about liquid refreshments. That means: cheap scotch for Harry and other aficionados, jug (or box) of white wine for those who insist, jug red wine, soft drinks, and beer, lots of beer. The acquisition varies depending on the likely attendance. As more Germans attended, the beer component grew. Additionally, napkins, plastic cups, a bag (or maybe 2 bags) of pretzels. All of this is obtained at a deep-discount liquor store probably (but not always) across town from the hotel. In New Orleans we walked to and from a drug store on Canal Street in the mid-day heat and humidity; in Las Vegas it was one of the many cheap liquor stores and a taxi.

Pack all of the stuff in the boxes prior to arrival at the hotel. Hotels don’t want parties to use outside refreshments. This way, the bell staff will gladly take these boxes of “seminar material” to the suite and receive a generous tip. Use of suitcases is not recommended (once in Anaheim, a bottle broke and the leaking suitcase was a dead give-away in the elevator).

Monday afternoon after the announcement is made (vide infra) the next item required is ice. Take the plastic bags and with the help of one or more accomplices go to every ice machine on all of the adjacent floors, except the floor where the party will be held. That way the closest ice is the reserve.

Fill bathtub with ice. Add beer. Set out bags of pretzels and a few napkins. Place IFI sales brochures next to pretzels. Set up bar. At Caesar’s Palace (vide supra) the bar was the ironing board found in the room. The bath tub was a Roman tub close to the circular bed with a mirror overhead.

Invitations. On Monday morning go to the CINF session(s) with a note giving the hotel, room number and time (always 5:00 PM) for Harry’s Party. Have the session chair make announcement.

Believe it or not, there was another “Harry Allcock” who attended most ACS National meetings. He was known to complain bitterly that his phone rang at all hours with callers asking: “Where’s the party?” Even though our Harry Allcock always invited him to the party, he vowed to never attend and never did.

Opening. No directional signs are necessary as by this time everybody knows where Harry’s Party is. The noise of the gathering crowd is sufficient to direct everyone to the right location. Open the door. Harry is at the bar to greet everyone and make generous drinks.

Security. Once the party has started it will get crowded. Standing room only is an understatement. In Caesar’s Palace the heat of the crowd set off the fire alarm prompting a visit from security who asked that we “keep it down.” In Anaheim, one of the guests started a contest to see if she could kick the chandelier. She couldn’t so her escort gave it a beefy right hook. In Atlanta, President Reagan was shot and everyone was on the bed watching TV. In Philadelphia, one of the guests located a trashy paperback book on an outside balcony on the 23rd floor. It was successfully retrieved to the delight of the guests. There was no door to the balcony.

Closing. Sooner or later the refreshments are depleted. Even the pretzels are gone. Frankly, not much is done to keep guests from leaving at 7:00 PM. There’s no more food or drink and they all have other commitments anyway.

Clean-up. After the guests are gone, put all of the empties and other trash in the plastic bags. In high-rise hotels there is bank of service elevators usually in a lobby adjacent to the guest elevators. When the service elevator arrives, look both ways, throw in the bags, push a button for a low floor, and exit the building by another route.

Repeat.