1954 -- Information & Perspective from Mal Furniss
The 6th meeting in 1954 in Berkeley (Durant Hotel) had a 1/2-day joint meeting with the Western International Forest Disease Work Conference (See p 56-57 Proc. 25th WFIWC). I was there. It was like a cat and a dog on leashes. Nothing physical but there was no communication. In those days, each side still took credit for their life-form killing the pine trees. I remember some fungus-type asking Jim Evenden of Coeur d'Alene FIL: "Are all "bug trees" killed by bugs?" or something to that effect. Jim drew himself up to full height, hesitated for a few moments, and then said emphatically: "Yes." and sat down. That ended the discussion before it started. In retrospect, the question was put to the wrong guy. I often wonder what might have ensued had the participants been more skilled in the art of communication. However, a 1/2 day was a start.
But, I must say that in my subsequent experience, the two disciplines do not combine well as a rule in a joint meeting.There is overlap in some areas (as I have published) but not enough to carry for a full, combined, meeting. My idea is that if there is going to be a session of both, it should be for just a day out of three. In other words, timed for only a day at the place and time of the meetings of the two entities.
Webmaster's note: Mal Furniss reports (above) that the 1954 meeting included the first joint meeting with the WIFDWC (Western International Forest Disease Work Conference), so that the 1975 meeting was really the 2nd joint meeting, etc. However, renumbering the joint meetings on this website would likely cause much confusion, so the table of past meetings uses the traditional numbering of joint meetings.