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City of Long Beach Saves RMS Queen Mary From Sinking

NEWS: LONG BEACH, Calif. – City officials in Long Beach have said they will spend $2.5 million to maintain the historic RMS Queen Mary ocean liner for the next six months and plan out the repairs needed to reopen the tourist destination. Latest Fox News Report… The Long Beach City ... Read More »

American 1936 Olympic Team Sails to Nazi Germany on the SS Bremen

The 1936 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XI Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event that was held in 1936 in Berlin, Germany. Berlin won the bid to host the Games over Barcelona, Spain on April 26, 1931, at the 29th IOC Session in Barcelona (two years ... Read More »

News: Cruise Lines Actually Operating Right Now

With many cruise lines announcing start ups this spring and summer, a number of lines are already back in service. Here’s the latest: Royal Caribbean International Royal Caribbean was one of the first major cruise lines to resume service, with sailings in Asia. The Quantum of the Seas has been sailing ... Read More »

Coulter’s Department Store was a great examples of streamlined architecture

Streamline Moderne flagship store located on the Miracle Mile in Los Angeles, was designed by Stiles O. Clements and completed in 1938-39. Coulter’s stood four floors high, with a rounded exterior of white concrete and horizontal bands of glass block rather than proper windows. A dramatic seventy-two-foot-high panel of glass soared ... Read More »

Mid-Century First American Cruise/Liners Built After WW 2

The “Del Triplets” – Del Norte, Del Mar, and Del Sud – were the first modern American flag liners to be built after World War 2 and became a top choice for cruising to South America. They offered first class, mid-century modern passenger service from New Orleans to South America. ... Read More »

2007 FEC Decision That Blogs Are Media

Along with the Daily Kos, I was involved in the 2007 decision by the FEC that blogs were media just like the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. The 2007 U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC) found that political blogs and bloggers are media for the purposes of ... Read More »

Canada’s “Uber” Steamers To British Columbia’s Coastal Cities and Alaska

The Union fleet became synonymous with pioneers and loggers, and for 70 years, ships sporting the company’s black and red funnels plied the coast, servicing logging camps, canneries, mines, and coastal communities. ‘ The Union Steamship Company was the first line to use Vancouver as a homeport. The Klondike gold ... Read More »

Jerri Lange pioneering Black TV host-producer, mother of Love Boat’s Ted Lange, dies at 96

Pioneering Black television talk show host and producer Jerri Lange got her first job in journalism in 1964. Lange was one of the first Black women in San Francisco news and talk TV. She expanded the field with a wide range of programming focused on community issues and through her ... Read More »

New Deluxe Pendry Hotel opens in California’s 4th Most Dangerous City

Opening earlier this month in West Hollywood, the Pendry Hotel stands out as a top luxury hotel on Sunset Boulevard. The new hotel features a rooftop pool, an exclusive private social club, a spa, and multiple restaurants by Wolfgang Puck. The Pendry is a few blocks away from the Los ... Read More »

The Fabulous Garden of Allah On The Sunset Strip

A kind of paradise used to be at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Crescent Heights. Built when Hollywood was young and in need of a playground, the Garden of Allah was home, or a home-away-from-home for stars of the silver screen, the literary world, and the upper crust. The ... Read More »