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Novelist John Rechy celebrates the 55th Anniversary of CITY OF NIGHT, a lifetime achievement award and publication of his new novel PABLO.

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Social History: Los Angeles icon novelist John Rechy, a first-generation Mexican American who has chronicled gay life in America, received the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement at a gala ceremony at the University of Southern California last month. John Rechy, like Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams and Gore Vidal shares a star quality and charisma with the giants of American ... Read More »

SS United States Conservancy Receives $100,000

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She’s the largest luxury cruise liner ever built in the United States using all American products and by American workers: Meet “America’s Flagship,” the S.S. United States. Cruise industry executive and philanthropist Jim Pollin, owner of the Pollin Group and winner of the SS United States Conservancy’s National Flagship Champion Award, presented a check to Conservancy executive director Susan Gibbs ... Read More »

101st Anniversary of the RMS LUSITANIA sinking.

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Monday, May 7th marks the 101st anniversary of the sinking of the R.M.S. Lusitania. The Liverpool-built passenger ship whose destruction sparked the United States’ decision to enter World War I in 1917. “Enlist” (mother and child drowning), by Fred Spear, June 1915. WWI recruitment poster published by the Boston Committee of Public Safety just a month after the Lusitania sinking. ... Read More »

ELVIS PRESLEY on the train to Memphis in 1956

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“Elvis who?” Photographer Alfred Wertheimer recalls uttering that very question in early 1956. A publicist from RCA Victor Records had contacted him, asking if he was available to photograph a young singer named Elvis Presley. “I’d never heard of the man,” Wertheimer told TIME Magazine in an article 40 years later. “He didn’t have a gold record yet.” (By the ... Read More »

Juan Bastos carries on the tradition of John Singer Sargent with a Latino American influence.

Juan Fernando Bastos (Caracas, 1958) is a portrait artist whose transit through Venezuela, Bolivia, Washington, Baltimore and finally Los Angeles has nourished a one of a kind aesthetic in visual representation. His work has reached different latitudes and represents the success of transcultural phenomena. He’s considered one of the most in-demand portrait artists in the world. Juan considers some of his most ... Read More »

BEATLE’s SIR RINGO STARR Knighted by PRINCE WILLIAM who was a big fan of Ringo as a drummer and narrator of THOMAS the TANK ENGINE

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Ringo Starr, the former drummer for The Beatles, received the British commonwealth’s highest honor for his contribution to music and charities. The 77-year-old Ringo Starr received a knighthood from Prince William, decades after his lone surviving ex-Beatle Paul McCartney was honored. He used his real name Richard Starkey for the big event, as Prince William thanked him for being such ... Read More »

The Ship’s Photographer and the LOVE BOAT – Rejects in the 1990s

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Love Boat Rejects is a collection of pictures taken by Ian Hughes and his fellow photographers onboard American, Norwegian and Italian cruise-ships throughout the 1990s. Working the decks was Ian’s first job when he left Art College in Merseyside, UK,  in 1989. Welcome Aboard… Bon Voyage… First Sitting…   Second Sitting… Going Ashore… About the Featured Image Ship’s photographer Muir Vidler understood the pain: ... Read More »

Rain or Shine New York Central’s all-Pullman streamliner Detroiter was the way to go on the Water Level Route

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The New York to Detroit market was once crowded with trains, served primarily by the New York Central and Pennsylvania while the Baltimore & Ohio also offered exceptional services via Washington, D.C. The trains weren’t the victims of cancellation due to weather. The North Easter last week wouldn’t have stopped the trains.   The NYC’s All-Pullman Detroiter was arguably the ... Read More »

The fabulous BREMEN captured the Blue Ribbon

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Sailing aboard North German Lloyd’s magnificent SS Bremen from New York to Bermuda for a 7-Day Cruise in the 1930s. Great images and a wonderful home movie video of the cruise. The SS Bremen was a German-built ocean liner constructed for the Norddeutscher Lloyd line (NDL) to work the transatlantic sea route. Bremen was notable for her bulbous bow construction, ... Read More »

What books were people reading on the RMS Titanic?

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As the RMS Titanic was sinking beneath the surface of the North Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912, and survivors were thrashing about in the iceberg-clotted waters, what books might they have turned to with which to fashion a homemade life preserver or, in the case of some sturdy Theodore Dreiser novels, an entire raft? It’s hard to determine exactly ... Read More »

Judy Garland is aboard the SS United States! What happened to the Passenger List?

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Judy Garland is sailing today on the SS United States. Everyone knew the famous star was on board because they had a First Class Passenger List. They also read that Marlon Brando, Salvidor Dali along with the Duke and Duchess of Windsor were other celebrities sailing to Europe on America’s famous trans-Atlantic liner.  Cunard Line Passenger Lists Passenger lists were ... Read More »