5-Methyl-4-phenyl-2-styryipyridine has been oxidized to 5-methyl-4-phenylpyridinie-2-carboxylic acid. The decarboxylation of this acid has given 3-methyl-4-phenylpyrldine. To prove the structure of ω-(5-methyl-4-phenyl-2-pyridyl)acetophenone, it has been converted into 2, 5-dimethyl-4-phenylpyridine. The reaction of benzyl chloride with the lithium derivative of 2, 5-dimethyl-4-phenylpyridine has been studied. 3,7-Dimethyl-2-azafluorene has been obtained from 2,5-dimethyl-4-p-tolylpyridine. © 1970 The Faraday Press, Inc.