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Retro Video: The famous French Liner SS Normandie

The SS Normandie was, of course, the result of a successive series of bigger and better French liners, beginning with the France of 1912 and continuing to the Ile de France (1927) and L’Atlantique (1931). Even the far smaller Champlain (1932) has often been called a prelude. She also drew ... Read More »

The Love Boat makes another run and this time it sails as a reality show.

The Real Love Boat rings singles together to cruise the Mediterranean while looking for love. Destination dates, challenges and surprise singles will test the couples’ compatibility and chemistry. After watching the first episode, I think the new show strives to honor the universal nostalgia of the original and cleverly leverages ... Read More »

1929 USA Coast-Wise Cruise on the SS Nantucket Video

Known as the “Queen of Sea,” the Merchants and Miners Transportation Company Steamship Line operated one of the finest fleets of passenger steamers on the Atlantic Coast and ranked foremost as one of America’s top tourist routes. It was said to be the only line plying between Baltimore, Savannah, and ... Read More »

Chicago Cubs in mid-Century California’s Catalina Island

Chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr.’s twin interests in baseball and Catalina Island – he bought Catalina in 1919 and gained a controlling interest in the Chicago Cubs in 1921 – dovetailed nicely when he made the decision to have the Cubs train on Catalina starting in 1921.  In doing ... Read More »

RMS Titanic Historic Photos

Almost everyone knows about the tragic story about the sinking of the world’s largest “unsinkable” ship. The legend of the RMS Titanic has lived on in the movies, books, television, and of course, James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster film. The facts and history of the Titanic also live on in photos ... Read More »

Video – Mike Wallace and Elsa Maxwell – Hostess with the Mostess

Pianist, gossip columnist, TV star, and above all a giver of great parties, Elsa Maxwell was famous for being herself. She was most likely far more interesting than the celebrities she covered. Elsa Maxwell first worked as a theatre pianist after leaving school at the age of 14 and before ... Read More »

America’s Golden Age of Passenger Trains – 1950s

Premiere Passenger Trains during the 1950s were the finest in the world. With excellent meals, suburb Pullman service, dinner in the diner, club lounges, train secretaries, barbershops, cocktail bars, observation cars… trains like the Super Chief, 20th Century Limited, and the California Zypher were world-famous.   New York Central’s streamlined ... Read More »

Catalina – Sailing to California’s Island Paradise

  The SS Catalina and SS Avalon operated together from 1920 into the early 1950s — except for World War 2 – with service from Los Angeles to Catalina Island. The Catalina continued running during the summer months into the mid-1970s. The two steamers carried millions of passengers between San ... Read More »

Elvis Presley onboard Matson Lines from San Francisco to Hawaii

Elvis’ love for Hawaii ran deep, and during his lifetime he visited often. Whether it was to perform concerts and benefits, film a movie, or just to vacation, the islands would always draw him back. Matson Lines ran weekly service to Honolulu from San Francisco and Los Angeles to Hawaii. ... Read More »

Dining with Groucho Marx, Sal Mineo and Ramon Novarro at Chasen’s

West Hollywood’s Chasen’s was a glamorous world – “Celebrity chefs” will never replace stylish hosts and personalities such as Dave Chasen or Vincent Sardi or Mike Romanoff. I had dinner at Chasen’s many times. First, with my parents and then later on when I had become a producer. Dinner with ... Read More »