The Rivergate Center in New Orleans served as the locus of our Forty-seventh Annual Meeting in which was held October 23-26, 1983. This meeting was historically notable chiefly in bringing to a head growing dissatisfaction with both the cost and quality of service provided to the College by the Dayton Academy Office (through the person of Joseph Strickler) in its function as central office of the A.C.N., together with providing part-time services of some of its staff for A.C.N. business operations (under the direction of Joseph Strickler, who has been designated as Executive Director of the A.C.N. by its Board of Governors). By vote without dissent, the membership supported the decision of the Board of Governors to terminate the Academy’s service in its present form, and to seek a new Executive Director. Subsequent to our Annual Meeting applications were considered by the Board of Governors, and a new Executive Director was chosen in the person of Louis Rentz, D.O., F.A.C.N., who has been elected Secretary-treasurer at the 47th Annual Business Meeting.
At this point, history begins to merge with news of current events. There must be a time-distance separation factor involved before events can be properly seen with that perspective that allows them to be designated “History”. Events since the selection of a new Executive Director have not yet acquired that time-distance perspective, so this historian’s assignment has been completed. Not only that, but I remember that in the set of by-laws under which my membership in this college began, the ‘historian’ of the college during his term of office was to be the vice-president, with the cooperation of the secretary. This is another traditional function, which seems to have fallen through the cracks. In fact I know of no vice president who has so functioned since my short history of our early beginnings was presented at an Annual Meeting in Macon, Missouri, and later quoted by K. Grosvenor Bailey, D.O., F.A.C.N., F.A.O.C.S. in the January 1959 issue of the California Clinician. I have a reprint of Ken Bailey’s article, but unfortunately I had sent him the last copy of my own “History”, and the original sources for my monograph (the archives of the old Still-Hildreth Osteopathic Hospital) were no longer available. This made my task in writing this work incredibly more difficult. It has taken four times as much work as I anticipated and has unwound into three times more pages. And now that the history is compiled in one piece, I must face the realistic truth that probably no one will ever read it.
Certainly no one helped me put it together by responding to the twice-repeated call for material in issues of the Bulletin. But I promised the Board of Governors I would do it, so here it is—and I am thankful it is finished!!