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CHICAGO CUBS Wintered On 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 »

1950s – Golden Age of TRAIN TRAVEL in the USA

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 »

New Video: TRANS-ATLANTIC Accent Explained

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 »

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 »

Mid-Century Streamliner OLYMPIAN HIAWATHA

In the late 1940s, the Milwaukee Road introduced the Olympian Hiawatha, the transcontinental version of the railroad’s very modern fleet of Hiawatha passenger trains which continued into the 1960s. The original version of the train was the Twin Cities Hiawatha, which began operating between Chicago and the Twin Cities on ... Read More »