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AMERICA’S AMUSEMENT PARKS DURING THE 1920s

CRUISING THE PAST – AMERICA’S AMUSEMENT PARKS DURING THE 1920s GREAT YOUTUBE VIDEO OF AMUSEMENT PARKS IN THE 1920s. Amusement park or theme park is the generic term for a collection of rides and other entertainment attractions assembled for the purpose of entertaining a large group of people. An amusement park is more elaborate than a simple city park or ... Read More »

MERRY CHRISTMAS – from SNOOPY THE MUSICAL

VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS from CRUISING THE PAST… Cruising The Past: WHEN DO THE GOOD THINGS START from the hit London revival of SNOOPY. Cruising the Past: JUST ONE PERSON from the CBS ANIMATED SPECIAL of SNOOPY. Snoopy!!! The Musical is a musical comedy with music by Larry Grossman and lyrics by Hal Hackady – the book by Warren Lockhart, Arthur ... Read More »

KLM – THE OLDEST AIRLINE IN THE WORLD GOES WITH BIOFUEL

CRUISING THE PAST: KLM – THE OLDEST AIRLINE IN THE WORLD GOES WITH BIO-FUEL. Dutch airline company KLM inaugurates a biofuel flight on one of its passenger carrying 747’s – a combination of 50% biofuel and 50% jet fuel. The biofuel being used in this KLM flight will be made from camelina, a feedstock that produces 84% fewer emissions than ... Read More »

TITANIC THE MUSICAL

VIDEO of the Australian premiere production of Titanic the Musical. CRUISE HISTORY: TITANIC THE MUSICAL TO BE DONE AT KENNEDY CENTER. PRESIDENT OBAMA IS A BIG FAN OF THE MUSICAL ABOUT THE SINKING OF THE RMS TITANIC. THE MUSICAL WILL MAKE NEW CRUISE HISTORY AND IS A GREAT VIEW INTO CRUISING THE PAST. TITANIC THE MUSICAL The discovery of the ... Read More »

“LUSCIOUS” LUCIUS BEEBE ON TODAY’S NEW YORK SOCIAL DIARY

CRUISING THE PAST: “LUSCIOUS” LUCIUS BEEBE ON TODAY’S NEW YORK SOCIAL DIARY – “LUSCIOUS” LUCIUS BEEBE by Michael L. Grace From the 1930s until his death in 1966, Lucius Beebe was the image of celebrity. An author, journalist, historian, raconteur, gourmet and bon vivant extraordinary – this extraordinary personality was one of the first gay men to have a publicly ... Read More »

NEW BIOGRAPHY OF PATRICIA HIGHSMITH BY JOAN SCHENKAR (“THE TALENTED MISS HIGHSMITH”) … TRAINS AND SHIPS WERE A MAJOR FACTOR IN HIGHSMITH’S GREAT SUSPENSE NOVELS

“Miss Highsmith is a crime novelist whose books one can reread many times. There are wery few of whom one can say that. She is a writer who has created a world of her own – a world claustrophobic and irrational which we enter each time with a sense of personal danger…” (Graham Greene, ‘Introduction’ to THE SNAIL-WATCHER, 1970). CRUISING ... Read More »

“VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED” SUNDAY (DEC 13th) 70 YEAR REUNION – WHEN THE MS ST LOUIS WAS DENIED ENTRY INTO THE USA BY FDR

“VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED” 70 YEAR REUNION IN MIAMI THIS SUNDAY (DEC 13) – WHEN THE MS ST LOUIS WAS DENIED ENTRY INTO THE USA CARRYING OVER 700 GERMAN-JEWISH REFUGES BY FDR AND HIS DEMOCRATIC ADMINISTRATION.  THE MS ST LOUIS IS SEEN ABOVE UNABLE TO DOCK IN HAVANA, CUBA. Telegram appealing unsuccessfully to FDR to help. Postcard view of the ... Read More »

SS HOMERIC IN THE 1960s.

GREAT VIDEO OF THE SS HOMERIC IN 1960s Home Lines S.S. Homeric at her New York pier on February 15, 1969 just before sailing to Nassau. Another former Matson liner, built in 1931 as Mariposa for the U.S. West Coast – Pacific service. SS HOMERIC IN THE 1960s. Cruising the Past: History of Home Line’s SS HOMERIC: Originally the SS ... Read More »

S.S. GREAT NORTHERN – When the San Francisco to Portland by steamship was faster than the train…

Cruising the Past: When going by steamship between San Francisco and Portland was faster than the train. Aboard the SS Great Northern. The Great Northern Pacific Steamship Company was formed by James Hill on September 30, 1914. The line was to compliment the passenger train service on the Astoria Line and compete with the Southern Pacific trains to San Francisco. ... Read More »