The Society of Critical Care Medicine celebrated its 40th anniversary at the Clinical Congress in San Diego this year. Initiators Peter Safar, William Shoemaker, and Max Harry Weil conceived of a multidisciplinary Society devoted to care of all critically-ill patients. Jim Snyder and Ake Grenvik commemorated the 40th anniversary with a book describing the first 40 years. Congress attendees received a copy of the book and were encouraged to have founders of the Society autograph their copies. Three of the founding members were from Pittsburgh: Peter Safar, Ake Grenvik, and Peter Winter. The anniversary celebration included a reception on the USS Midway and a dinner for past and present leadership of the Society. Several past presidents of the Society from Pittsburgh were present: Ake Grenvik, Ann Thompson, and John Hoyt.