Philadelphia City Council
honors David Goodis


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David Goodis wrote under the name Logan Claybourne. He grew up in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Logan.


On November 16, 2006, Councilman Jack Kelly introduced a Resolution honoring David Goodis. The Resolution passed unanimously. The Resolution was presented at GoodisCON on January 6 and is on deposit at the Goodis Archives at Temple University's Paley Library. .

RESOLUTION


Recognizing Philadelphia noir novelist David Goodis


WHEREAS, David Goodis was born March 2, 1917 and was raised in Logan; and

WHEREAS, David Goodis graduated from the General David Bell Birney Elementary School, Jay Cooke Junior High School, Simon Gratz High School, and Temple University;  and

WHEREAS, David Goodis began a remarkable career in New York as an advertising and radio writer, and moved to Hollywood, during World War II;  and

WHEREAS, David Goodis gained national attention with his novel Dark Passage, which was made into a movie starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall; and

WHEREAS, after a contract with Warner Brothers as a screenwriter, David Goodis returned to Philadelphia in the early 1950's and settled in East Oak Lane;  and

WHEREAS, David Goodis began the most productive stage of his writing career as a noir novelist, writing some 15 novels and a score of short stories, many of which were set in Philadelphia, particularly in Port Richmond, the Tenderloin, Southwark, and the Delaware River front; and

WHEREAS, David Goodis' novel The Burglar, was made into a movie by Paul Wenkos and starred Jayne Mansfield; and

WHEREAS, the French film maker Francois Truffaut adapted David Goodis' novel "Down There" into the movie "Shoot the Piano Player" starring Charles Aznavour; and

WHEREAS, David Goodis died on January 7, 1967 at Albert Einstein Medical Center;  and

WHEREAS, in observance of the 40th anniversary of his death and in honor of his literary contributions, the works and life of David Goodis are being celebrated at GoodisCON, a writers symposium, January 5, 6, and 7 in Philadelphia;  NOW THEREFORE BE IT

RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, that we hereby note with pride the literary accomplishments of native son David Goodis.

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Lunch courtesy of Yards Brewery. Photo by Louis Boxer.
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Greg Gillespie of Port Richmond Books provided reading matter. Photo by Louis Boxer.
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GoodisCon. Photo by Louis Boxer.
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