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John Peter Toohey

John Peter Toohey, (1880–1946) was a popular theatrical press agent (Dinner at Eight, You Can’t Take It with You, Of Mice and Men, The Man Who Came to Dinner) as well as an original member of the Algonquin round table. Toohey, annoyed at New York Times drama critic Alexander Woollcott for refusing to plug one of Toohey's clients in his column, organized a luncheon supposedly to welcome Woollcott back from World War I, where he had been a correspondent for Stars and Stripes. Instead Toohey used the occasion to poke fun at Woollcott on a number of fronts. Woollcott's enjoyment of the joke and the success of the event prompted Toohey to suggest that the group in attendance meet at the Algonquin each day for lunch.