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 »
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Then and Now: Comparing SP’s Shasta Daylight, and Cascade to Amtrak’s Coast Starlight!
Southern Pacific’s premier trains the Shasta Daylight, and the Cascade served the northwest from San Francisco to Portland and Seattle from the 1950s into the 1960s. They served dozens of California, Oregon and Washington cities. The Shasta was popular with tourists and the Cascade, a favorite with business people. THE ... Read More »
Throwback Thursday – Elvis Presley on the train from New York to Memphis in 1956.
“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 ... Read More »
Last Ferry To San Francisco…
Southern Pacific’s OAKLAND PIER in the 1950s… The Oakland Long Wharf, later known as the Oakland Pier or the SP Mole was a massive railroad wharf and ferry pier in Oakland, California located at the foot of Seventh Street. Ferry approaches San Francisco in 1941. The recently completed San Francisco-Oakland Bay ... Read More »
THE NAZI VERSION OF THE “TITANIC” – THE 1943 FILM MADE AT UFA IN BERLIN DURING WORLD WAR II.
LINER, SOCIAL AND CRUISE HISTORY: THE OTHER “TITANIC”: THE NAZI VERSION YOU’VE NEVER SEEN… THE 1943 FILM MADE AT UFA IN BERLIN DURING WORLD WAR II. The Nazi version of the Titanic story that fed shots (and plots?) to later western versions of the tragic tale… The British took footage from ... Read More »
Cunard Line’s RMS CARONIA – The most famous liner in cruising history… she was the “millionaires yacht”!
Travel and Social History: Cunard Line’s the RMS CARONIA – The most famous liner in cruising history… she was the “millionaires yacht”! Cunard Line History… One of the best social history travel history films. The RMS CARONIA was the premiere cruise ship of the 1950s. The passenger list was filled with America’s ... Read More »
The four lives of Canadian Pacific’s RMS EMPRESS OF JAPAN…
Cruise and Liner History: More wonderful moments in cruise line and cruise ship history. The RMS Empress of Japan had four life’s. First as the trans-Pacific record holder liner, then serving during World War 2, followed by being renamed the Empress of Scotland on the trans-Atlantic run and then finally ... Read More »
Cruise Talk Show interviews Michael L. Grace.
Michael L. Grace started out as a writer on THE LOVE BOAT. He wrote the lead segment on this episode starring Anne Baxter – star of “Sunset Blvd.” The number one Cruise Talk Show spoke with Michael L. Grace recently. The interview centered around his new book: ITS THE LOVE ... Read More »
NEW YORK SOCIAL DIARY FEATURES THE TRAIN OF THE STARS – THE SUPER CHIEF
Social History: Cruising the Past editor – Michael L. Grace – celebrates the Santa Fe Railroad’s Super Chief – the train of the stars – and an “exclusive club” that ran daily between Chicago and Los Angeles with a feature story on New York Social Diary. CLICK HERE TO READ ... Read More »
LOOKING AT THE GRACE LINE
Liner History – The Grace Line Cruise History – THE GRACE LINE – In the mid 1800s, the Irish-born Grace brothers, William Russell and Michael, established a commercial and shipping business in Callao, the port of Lima, Peru. They prospered, especially in the exporting of guano from the Chincha Islands ... Read More »