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The story begins in the back of Karl's van on a return trip from Akron, OH. It started as most of these things do….just a casual conversation between friends. We can imagine it went something like this. Karl K: “Hey….you know, it’s a shame that we only get to see our friends once a year in Akron.” Otis P: “Yeah, it would be nice if we could see them more often.” So it continued with Karl, Otis and Jim B. discussing the possibilities. Then somebody went ahead and made a suggestion. “Why don’t we call Chuck from Pennsylvania, John from Jersey and Roger from Tennessee to see if they would be interested in getting together 1 more time a year? And while we’re at it let’s check out this Ramada. ”So they go to the Ramada and are informed that they don’t have any conference hall facilities but the Howard Johnson across the street does….why don’t you call them? And there you have it. 5 years at the Howard Johnson and now our 7th at the Holiday Inn. It’s amazing what can happen when you put a few keen alcoholic minds in the back of a van for 8 hours.