The Midwinter Meeting of ARO began for me more than a year before the actual meeting took place. There were a number of conversations with Dave Lim, over lunch, in the corridor, in the Men's room, as well as in our respective offices. I served as his sounding board.
"Bill, ARO is ready to have its own meeting, apart from the AAOO convention," Dave said. "The vision people have had a successful research meeting for years and we can too!" The winning formula was to offer a forum for discussing research, basic and clinical, in all of the many subject areas of interest to otorhinolaryngology; in a place that would offer a pleasant respite from the winter blahs; and with a format which would allow for considerable opportunity for informal interaction. It was hard for me not to be just as enthusiastic as Dave!
Where shall we have this meeting? The vision group had been meeting in Florida and Dave thought this would be where we should look. We needed a place that would offer a pleasant location preferably on a beach; a place that could accommodate a group of about 100 people at a rate which our members could afford. This sounded like a list of incompatible requirements but Dave came up with a name of a place which might be suitable - The Happy Dolphin. It sounded hokey to me, but history proved that Dave made a lucky find. He was right about the need for a forum, the format of the meeting and the place where the meeting could flourish. It has been-a fantastic ten years for me, and I have the pictures to prove it!
Bill Melnick, Ph.D.