Friday Lunch Bunch..also known as the Liars’ Club
This group, started in the 50’s, still meets, although with a different cast of characters. One part of the weekly event involved playing “Indian Poker,” and records of the group indicate that JDM was “fair to middlin,” as they say. Serial numbers of dollar bills were used to make a hand, and each player held a dollar bill on his forehead while reading what the other players had on their foreheads, and then betting.
Conversations revolved around writing, agents, and anything else the group wanted to talk about. It was at one of the gatherings where MckInley Kantor bet JDM he could not write a “good”novel. The result: The Executioners.
That’s JDM on extreme right, front. The left to right identifications on the back of the picture left him out, and it is not clear if the rest are correctly noted. (probably taken in 1983)
left to right on back of pic