SOCIAL HISTORY

GRACE LINE’S SS SANTA ROSA…

A cruise on the Grace Line’s S.S. Santa Rosa across the caribbean and through the Panama Canal in the 1930s. The SS Santa Rosa (1932) (later SS Athinai) was a passenger and cargo ocean liner built for the Grace Line. The vessel was one of four ships (including the Santa Paula, Santa Lucia, and Santa Elena) ordered in 1930 from ... Read More »

ONE OF BERLIN’S BEST HOTELS FOR 2013 – THE RITZ CARLTON

“Never say no when a client asks for something, even if it is the moon. You can always try, and anyhow there is plenty of time afterwards to explain that it was not possible.” César Ritz (23 February 1850 – 24 October 1918) the famous Swiss hotelier and founder of several hotels, most famously the Hôtel Ritz, in Paris and ... Read More »

MERRY CHRISTMAS from CRUISING THE PAST

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 »

SOCIAL HISTORY: THE JAZZ AGE – NEW YORK’S CAFE DE PAREE and EARL CARROLL THEATRE – SOCIAL HISTORY

Earl Carroll review in the 1920s. In December 1934, the refurbished Earl Carroll Theatre located on the south-east corner of 7th Ave and 50th Street, New York City, opened as the French Casino. This glittering supper club was described by Fortune magazine as ‘a vast scarlet and silver restaurant which, in terraced rows of tables, seats fifteen hundred people without ... Read More »

Film Review: Kathryn Bigelow “Zero Dark Thirty” Exposes Bin Laden Hunt and Kill – Carries on the “West meets Arab” spy thriller tradition…

Social History – Spies and the Middle East proves rich background for films – Zero Dark Thirty carries on tradition. Early 1900 spies in Middle East- The Director of Military Intelligence (UK), Colonel Sir Francis Wingate, talking to an Arab civilian on leaving a train on the Sudan Military Railway, possibly near Atbara. Colonel Wingate spoke fluent Arabic. The Arab ... Read More »

THE SUPER CHIEF – JANET LEIGH (STAR OF HITCHCOCK’S PSYCHO) DOES FASHION ON “THE TRAIN OF THE STARS”

SOCIAL HISTORY – – JANET LEIGH, STAR OF ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S PSYCHO, IS READY TO BOARD AND VIRGINIA LEITH, STAR OF “A KISS BEFORE DYING, SHOWS US THE ALL-PULLMAN TRAIN. EVEN THE CHARACTERS FROM “MAD MEN” COULD HAVE BEEN SEEN ON THIS TRAIN IN THE EARLY 1960S. Virginia Leith, 20th Century Fox star of “A Kiss Before Dying”, did this fun ... Read More »

Book Review: ELSA MAXWELL – Gilded Gatekeeper – Pianist, gossip columnist, TV star, and above all a giver of great parties, Elsa Maxwell was famous for being herself.

Maxwell and host Garry Moore enjoy stuffed pheasant under glass, whereas the panel have been served food appropriated from each other’s refrigerators. ELSA MAXWELL – Gilded Gatekeeper – Pianist, gossip columnist, TV star, and above all a giver of great parties, Elsa Maxwell was famous for being herself. Elsa Maxwell, Tyrone Power and the Duke of Windsor at a 1948 ... Read More »

THE 20th CENTURY LIMITED – HISTORY OF THE “RED CARPET” AND A GREAT TRAIN –

RED CARPET TREATMENT STARTED WITH THE 20TH CENTURY LIMITED –TRAIN OF TYCOONS AND STARS THAT RAN NIGHTLY BETWEEN NEW YORK AND CHICAGO Have you wondered where the much-overused phrase “the red carpet treatment” originated? It all started with the 20th Century Limited. It was a “Magic Carpet” high speed overnight Pullman commute between New York and Chicago as pitched in ... Read More »

STEVE JOBS’ YACHT “VENUS” PREMIERES

SOCIAL HISTORY – Steve Jobs’ Yacht “Venus” Premiers… Steve Jobs’  yacht “Venus” is launched…  You couldn’t expect Apple founder Steve Jobs to cruise the world in an off-the-shelf yacht. Sadly, he died before the launch on Sunday of the custom yacht that Dutch shipbuilder Koninklijke De Vries was building for him. The ship, named “Venus,” is 70 meters to 80 meters long ... Read More »

U.S.S. WILLIAMSBURG – PRESIDENT HARRY TRUMAN’S PRESIDENTIAL YACHT IS STILL FOR SALE…

The Presidential Yacht Williamsburg at the Naval Station Key West during a visit by President Truman. CRUISE AND SOCIAL HISTORY U.S.S. WILLIAMSBURG – PRESIDENT HARRY TRUMAN’S PRESIDENTIAL YACHT… Excellent video of Truman aboard the yacht on vacation. President Harry Truman’s presidential yacht, the vessel once known as the U.S.S. Williamsburg went up for sale in the spring of 2011 for ... Read More »