So it came to pass, after a frantic three months of preparation, that at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, April 11, 1949, President William C. Menninger welcomed 190 participants to the first Mental Hospital Institute. They came from 36 states, six provinces, Puerto Rico, and New Zealand. We worked them from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on each of the first four days and through lunch on Friday. Speaking of the lunches, Dan had a plot: if a light lunch—tomato juice, a sandwich, a pickle, and apple pie—was included in the registration fee, he said, people would eat it quickly and go back to work. They did.