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CHASEN’S – Dave Chasen’s legendary Hollywood restaurant to the stars didn’t allow credit cards or “celebrity chefs”!

Ava Gardner and Mark Evans depart from Chasen’s – a far cry from Dave’s first restaurant, which featured only chile and spareribs. Vincent Minnelli and Judy Garland, with the Oscar Levants.    Mrs. Levant looks at Mrs. Minnelli…  No credit card? American Social History:  CHASEN’S – the famous Hollywood restaurant lasted into the 1990s and no credit cards were honored.   ... Read More »

Marilyn Monroe and the Hotel Del Coronado – Billy Wilder’s fabulous film SOME LIKE IT HOT!

Social History: Marilyn Monroe and the Hotel Del Coronado – Billy Wilder’s fabulous film SOME LIKE IT HOT! Hotel del Coronado (also known as The Del and Hotel del) is a beachfront luxury hotel in the city of Coronado, just across the San Diego Bay from San Diego, California. A youTube look at the Hotel Del Coronado… It is one ... Read More »

Aristotle Onassis, Jackie Kennedy, Sir Winston Churchill, Maria Callas and the fabulous CHRISTINA O – the greatest yacht of them all.

SOCIAL HISTORY: CHRISTINA O – the greatest yacht of them all.  Aristotle Onassis, Jackie Kennedy, Sir Winston Churchill, Maria Callas and the fabulous boat.  The famous yacht heads up the Hudson River – 1960s… (Left: Aristotle Onassis aboard the Christina O in 1950s.) His hospitality was legendary, his charm mythical, his prowess unstoppable, his power formidable, his fortune unsurpassed. In ... Read More »

Great Hotels and Dining Rooms – The Pump Room in Chicago’s Ambassador East Hotel

The Pump Room – 1950s… Cruising The Past – Social and Travel History – THE PUMP ROOM – History of The Pump Room and Ambassador East Hotel Chicago. The Pump Room – 1960s… When Ernie Byfield opened The Pump Room in The Ambassador East Hotel on October 1, 1938, he undoubtedly had little idea that he was beginning an enterprise ... Read More »