Minutes of the 2016 Meeting of the Executive Board of the Norman Mailer Society

The Executive Board of The Norman Mailer Society (“NMS”) met in Long Branch, New Jersey, on September 30, 2016, with President J. Michael Lennon presiding. Also in attendance were Board members Maggie McKinley, Vice President, David Light, Treasurer, Marc Triplett, Secretary, Phillip Sipiora, Editor of The Mailer Review, Barbara Wasserman, John Buffalo Mailer, Mark Olshaker, Bonnie Culver, John Buffalo Mailer, Robert Begiebing, Nicole DePolo, Carol Holmes, Christopher Busa, Jason Mosser, Gerald Lucas, and Neil Abercrombie. Agenda items included The Mailer Review, future conference sites, transition of leadership of NMS, and Digital Mailer activities.

Phil Sipiora reviewed briefly the success and progress of The Mailer Review, noting particularly that in its 10 years, the Review has produced 4826 pages. Its new edition will be released soon.

The meeting was consumed primarily by a discussion of future venues of the NMS conferences. Mark Olshaker made a motion to hold the 2017 conference in Sarasota, Florida. Discussion that followed explored other options for 2017 and beyond. Sites in the State of Georgia were considered, including Atlanta, Athens and Macon. Jason Mosser discussed the advantages of Atlanta, but also noted that accommodations would be expensive. Jerry Lucas raised the possibility of Macon for a future conference site, perhaps in 2018. Macon is 75 miles from the Atlanta airport; it has adequate facilities for conference and hotel stays for the members, as well as attractions such as the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, the Tubman Museum, and the Allman Brothers Band Museum. Athens, Georgia, was also discussed as a potential venue in Georgia.

Other cities, including Washington, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Boston were considered—all were found to pose difficulties at this time.

A consensus formed that for the third time the NMS conference in 2017 should be held in Sarasota, Florida. Jerry Lucas will look into the possibility of holding the conference in Macon in 2018. Chicago and other locations will be considered for the future. Also discussed was the possibility of an NMS gathering within a future conference of the American Literature Association.

Mike Lennon has announced that this will be his last year as President of the Norman Mailer Society. Mark Olshaker moved that the Board act now to nominate Maggie McKinley as the next President in order to assure that the business of the NMS moves forward smoothly. That motion was seconded, and the Board passed the resolution that Maggie McKinley be nominated for election as President of the NMS by the membership at the next conference in 2017.

A brief discussion of Digital Mailer progress concluded the meeting. There is a ten-minute limit in effect on papers being presented at conferences, and Jerry Lucas reminded members that papers that would otherwise be greater in length can be published online.

There being no other business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,
Marc S. Triplett, Secretery

Minutes of The Norman Mailer Society Conference Business Meeting

9–10:30 a.m., 1 November 2003, Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

  1. Interim President J. Michael Lennon (JML) called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m.
  2. Interim Treasurer David Light presented the Treasurer’s Report.
    a. DL announced the society had, as of November 1, 2003, just over 200 members.
    b. To date the society has taken in $13,535, less $2,376.63, leaving $11,158.37.
  3. JML described the formation of the Norman Mailer Society (NMS).
    a. The Norton Anthology of American Literature dropped Mailer from 5th edition.
    b. Mailerians protested in 2002; no satisfactory response from Norton.
    c. May 2002: John Whalen-Bridge wrote to Mr. Mailer asking permission to form society.
    d. Two sessions on Mailer organized by JWB were held at the May 2002 ALA convention.
    e. At ALA business meeting, by-laws and dues structure considered and Interim officers elected.
  4. Approval of minutes of the 2002 NMS meeting at ALA
    a. J. Michael Lennon called for approval of minutes.
    b. Interim Vice President Barry Leeds (BHL) seconded.
    c. Minutes unanimously approved.
  5. Interim Secretary John Whalen-Bridge (JWB) moved adoption of by-laws as distributed.
    a. Sal Cetrano seconded.
    b. By-laws unanimously approved.
  6. Interim Vice-President Barry Leeds moved adoption of slate of officers.
    a. No other candidates offered.
    b. Barbara Lounsberry seconded the slate.
    c. Slate unanimously approved.
  7. JML discussed non-profit status for the Norman Mailer Society.
    a. Attorney Ivan Fisher, Mailer’s executor & friend, has offered to help.
    b. Fisher would incorporate NMS in State of New York, then begin non-profit application.
    c. Chris Busa, John Crockett, and Barbara Wasserman asked about the five-year waiting period.
    d. JML thanked Larry Schiller for generous $2,000 donation.
  8. BHL and JWB opened floor for discussion of NMS mission.
    a. Chris Busa asked about the “presenting problem” and BHL reviewed the Norton situation.
    b. Philip Bufithis, Robbin Martinelli and Alex Hicks offered ideas about the Norton situation.
    c. Carol Polsgrove pointed out that there is no Library of America volume on Norman Mailer.
    d. Deborah Martinson compared NM and Lillian Hellman with an aesthetic emphasis.
    e. Philip Sipiora: travel scholarships and special awards for younger scholars to develop NMS.
    f. Bonnie Bedford: the NMS should offer panels at the MLA as well.
    g. JWB announced special issue of Journal of Modern Literature on Norman Mailer.
    h. for more info, please write to elljwb [at] nus.edu.sg.
  9. Robert F. Lucid moved members of Mailer family be awarded Honorary Life Charter Memberships.
    a. They are: Norris Church, Danielle, John Buffalo, Kate, Maggie Alexandra, Michael Burks, Stephen Mcleod, Matthew, Elizabeth Anne Mailer Nastasi and Susan Mailer Colodro.
    b. Seconded by David Light.
    c. Motion unanimously approved.
  10. JWB opens discussion on the NMS web page.
    a. JWB presented overview of web page purposes and design.
    b. David Franks, manager of Wilkes site, announced adding a forum and links page.
    c. Robbyn Martinelli and Philip Morais recommended emphasis on Beat Generation.
    d. Barbara Probst Solomon recommended not seeing feminism as fixed entity.
    e. BHL concurred and suggested that web page discuss evolving gender relations.
    f. JWB announced web page will feature bibliography of Mailer studies.
  11. JML opened floor for discussion of future meetings.
    a. There will be an NMS panel at the American Literature Association ’04 in San Francisco.
    b. JML’s moved that the next full NMS meeting be in Provincetown in fall ’04.
    c. Chris Busa seconded this motion.
    d. Motion unanimously approved.
    e. Barbara Lounsberry suggested Paris as a future site.
  12. New Business: Barbara Wasserman moved adoption of an annual “Robert F. Lucid Award For Mailer Studies,” which would recognize the best scholarship on Mailer.
    a. Selection committee to be appointed by Society president (text of motion follows minutes).
    b. Motion seconded by Laura Adams Dunham.
    c. Motion unanimously approved.
  13. Adjournment
    a. Sal Cetrano moved adjournment at 10:30.
    b. Barry Leeds seconded the motion.
    c.Motion unanimously approved.

Respectfully submitted,
John Whalen-Bridge, Secretary

Robert F. Lucid Award For Mailer Studies

MOTION: by Barbara Wasserman: That The Norman Mailer Society establish an annual award for the best work of criticism or scholarship on the life or work of Norman Mailer. It is further moved that this award be called the Robert F. Lucid Award for Mailer Studies. The winner will be chosen by a committee appointed by the Society President and will receive a plaque and a cash honorarium $250.

Dr. Lucid has been a key figure in the study of Mailer’s life and works for over forty years. He edited the first collection of essays on Mailer’s work, edited the first collection of selections from Mailer’s work, and has written scores of important essay and reviews. Along with my mother, Fan Mailer, Lucid assembled in the early 1970s the Mailer Archive containing all of Mailer’s papers, and served as chief archivist for over twenty years. Currently, he is at work on the authorized biography. Dr. Lucid has helped and inspired two generations of students of Mailer’s work and is justly known as the Dean of Mailer studies.

Seconded by Laura Adams Dunham; unanimously approved.