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"The Lovers" 50th Anniversary Celebration: More Photos
The 50th Anniversary Celebration of the publication of the novella "The Lovers" took place on Saturday August 10th, 2002 in Peoria, Illinois at the Peoria Public Library,  Lakeview Branch. The Friends of Peoria Public Library hosted the Writers Live Reception. The celebration had also been organized by Michael Croteau en Rick Beaulieu, the webmasters of The Official Philip José Farmer Home Page, and by Tracy Knight, author and friend of the Farmers.

---  Friday  ---
AT THE HOTEL
Meeting in the hotel lobby.
From left to right: Michael Croteau with his son Jordan, Dan Getz and Zacharias Nuninga
AT THE PERKINS RESTAURANT
From left to right: Gary Wolfe, Philip José Farmer, Roger Crombie, Zacharias Nuninga, Susan, Kelly and Michael Croteau, and barely visible are Rick Bealieu and Dale LaFleur
From left to right: Bette Farmer, Zacharias Nuninga, Susan, Kelly, Michael, Jordan and Lisa Croteau,
Craig Kimber, Jason Robert Bell, Rick Bealieu and Dale LaFleur

---  Saturday  ---
AT THE PEORIA PUBLIC LIBRARY
Roger Crombie talks with the other Englishman Paul Spiteri, and Maggie Nelson from
the Library busy prepairing for the celebration.
Michael Croteau shows me the announcement in Locus #498, July 2002 of The Lovers Celebration.
Frouwke Dijkhuizen and unknown (?) looking at the books and other items  for sale at the Library tables.
There is also a rather small but strange photo of Philip José Farmer in Locus.
THE CELEBRATION
Philip and Bette Farmer are waiting for the things to come.
Phil accepts the plaque from
Rick Beaulieu
The plaque from the International Philip José Farmer Fan Club
The book signing session.
Bill Dennis, reporter of the local news- paper Peoria Times, interviewed several people attending the celebratrion, like Paul Spiteri, me and - not on the photo - Roger Crombie.

---  Saturday evening ---
DINNER AT THE LARIAT RESTAURANT
From left to right: Sharon and Tracy Knight, and Susan Croteau
From left to right: Bette Farmer, Michael Croteau and Dean Marvin
From left to right: Roger Crombie, Zachary Gittrich, Kimberly Ladd and Stephanie Josephsohn, 
the last two are grandchildren and Zachary a great-grandchild of Phil and Bette Farmer
Laurie and Danny Adams
Farmer and me
Shannon Robicheaux (left) and Zacharias Nuninga (right) trying to get Phil interested in talking, 
without much of a succes at first.
From left to right: Jason Robert Bell, Kelly and Stevyn Prothero having a good time.
When Philip José Farmer started talking 
we enjoyed it very much at our table
Claire Spiteri and Roger Crombie
A truly memorable weekend! 
Certainly for Frouwke and me.

BACK TO THE CELEBRATION PAGE
See also the special celebration page of The Official Philip José Farmer Home Page.
And have a look at the page that Lee Barrie has made about the celebration.
 

All photos © 2002 by Frouwke Dijkhuizen & Rias Nuninga
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