Speaking like BETTE DAVIS, CARY GRANT or FRASIER on “FRASIER”! During the Golden Era of classic Hollywood films, when sound films were first introduced, the silent stars who made the transition to the talkies were given lessons in diction and pronunciation. WATCH THE NEW VIDEO – SPEAKING TRANS-ATLANTIC They were ... Read More »
Author Archives: Michael Grace
BLM – PULLMAN PORTERS served the nation!
Onboard such famous trains as the California Zephyr, Super Chief, Sunset Limited, Lark, 20th Century Limited, Pullman porters served millions of passengers from 1867 to 1968. They provided first-class train service in Pullman sleeping cars. The accommodations ranged from sections (upper and lower births), roomettes, bedrooms, compartments to drawing rooms. ... Read More »
MICHAEL GRACE and the LOVE BOAT
During the mid-80s, Michael Grace was a regularity writer on the TV Hit Series The Love Boat. He wrote many of the two-hour special featuring great stars of the past including Lana Turner, Claire Trevor, Anne Baxter, Ethel Merman, Alexis Smith, etc. The public’s access to these stars, in familiar ... Read More »
First Class CRUISING TO ALASKA for $8.00 a day in 1952
A sailing day meant excitement for the Alaska Steamship Company liners. Here is the SS Alaska sailing from Seattle in 1952. A look at the final days of the Alaska Steamship Company with a history of the famous organization that provided passenger service to the far north. A fond farewell. ... Read More »
“Luscious” LUCIUS BEEBE, gay raconteur & image of celebrity!
From the 1930s until his death in 1966, a self-proclaimed hedonist, he was the image of a celebrity. An author, journalist, historian, raconteur, gourmet, and bon vivant extraordinary – this amazing personality was one of the first gay men to have a publicly open relationship. Columnist Walter Winchell called ... Read More »
CRUISE INDUSTRY is sinking fast!
At one time, cruise ships were large but not gigantic. Now the newer ones are monsters at sea. If you’ve ever seen one in action, you’ll understand why: A vessel like Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas is longer than 12 blue whales. At 228k gross tons, it is 5x the size ... Read More »
San Francisco’s FABULOUS FOX Movie Palace!
Thirty-four years on Market Street, then destroyed by greedy developers and political hacks. Sound familiar? When the Fox Theater was built in 1929, it seemed as if there weren’t enough adjectives to describe the movie theater’s magnificence. The San Francisco Chronicle called the opening “a spectacle of such beauty and ... Read More »
FEC ruled Blogs are media – Mary Bono, Michael Grace & The Daily Kos
Along with The Daily Kos, I was party to a significant decision for bloggers and free speech rights. The 2007 U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC) found that political blogs and bloggers are media for the purposes of U.S. Electoral Law. Suddenly blogs were media and for the past thirteen years, ... Read More »
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL Bankrupt
In a desperate act, Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil Entertainment filed for protection from creditors in Canada on Monday after the COVID-19 pandemic. It forced it to close shows around the world, triggering a fight for control of one of the best-known brands in live performance. The company said it entered ... Read More »
Canadian Pacific’s RMS EMPRESS OF JAPAN
In 1930 the Canadian Pacific’s trans-pacific service reached its zenith with the introduction of the magnificent RMS Empress of Japan. The only way to cruise the Pacific during the 1930s. She was a very handsome ship and had magnificent interiors that now are associated with the Empress liners of the Canadian ... Read More »