Saturday, April 14, 2012


Well, today is both my father's 81st birthday and the 100th anniversary of the ship Titanic's collision with an iceberg. Since he's an awesome yet humble guy, I thought I'd cut him a break on his birthday and not go on in a way that might embarrass him. Happy birthday, Daddy!

Instead, my plan has been for quite some time to do a post about Titanic, and I've been collecting links for a while. Unfortunately, when I opened up this saved, yet unpublished post, all my saved links were gone.  :-(

But here are a few things that have come across my virtual desk since then. It's still an interesting list, and I may even dig around and find some of the lost material over the course of the weekend...

National Geographic Coverage
The Laroche Family
The Last Survivor
Margaret Bechstein Hays and the Titanic Orphans
Two Tennis Aces Who Survived
The Canines
The Big Picture: @100 Years
Composite Image
Heretofore Unseen Photos
Survivor's great-grandaughters mark the occasion
Unsinkable Love
The Untold Gay Story
Lakes and Oceans
... and the Inevitable Idiots

Updates: Body Found in Shipwreck?
Gizmodo: 100 Years of the Titanic
Dispatch from the Memorial Cruise
Five Curious Stories
What They Ate
The Last Supper, Again

Also, does anyone else remember this song? I think I sang it at camp, but maybe it was just with my family on car trips...

(We also had our own lyric... we alternated between "husbands and wives/little children lost their lives" and "uncles and aunts/little children lost their pants" in the chorus.)


Keera Ann Fox said...

Ah, yes, the hubbub about the Titanic is, well, titanic. But very interesting. I've got some documentaries and movies to watch. :-)

Re people who didn't know it was real: I have my own version of that: I didn't know the shoot-out at the OK Corral really happened. One day (as an adult) I learned Wyatt Earp was a real person and then all the movies about Tombstone finally made sense. So yeah, why should young people today know that the "Titanic" disaster really happened? They're hardly taught about WWII these days, and that was far more significant (and recent).

Fun fact: After the sinking of the "Titanic", an international iceberg patrol was set up in the North Atlantic. It's still active, administered by the US Coast Guard.

(I sang your lyric versions just now. ;-) )

Keera Ann Fox said...

PS: Untold Gay Story links to Twitter idiot story.

alice said...

Whoops! Thanks for the headsup -- I fixed the link.

I guess I'm a bit of a freak when it comes to history. I still look things up to find out if they're real (or at least "truthy," to borrow a word from Stephen Colbert). Butch & Sundance, Iron Jawed Angels, Apollo 13, and so on. When I was a kid (oh, remember back before the internet?), encyclopedias weren't reference, they were reading material.

Although where Titanic was concerned, I was already very familiar with the story and characters long before Jack and Rose made their appearance. Emmie was absolutely obsessed with Titanic when she was little.

(WWII? Really? Sigh. What are kids being taught these days?)

Keera Ann Fox said...

I'm not a history buff, so I don't always seek stuff out, but I do love movies based on real life. They always seem to have the better story. :-)

I don't think we should be too hard on kids these days nor their school system. There's a lot more history for them to cover than there was when we were in school. Our current events are history now. Also, there is much that doesn't hit people's radars because it doesn't have significance for their country or education system or family. My knowledge of WWII, for example, is skewed by my upbringing and schooling in Norway. I therefore know more about April 9 1940 than I do December 7 1941.

alice said...

But at least you learned about the war. You know that it happened. I'm already starting to cringe in anticipation of the tweet stream wherein person after person expresses amazement at discovering that the holocaust really happened.

How are we ever going to get along in the world without any context?

(And a belated hat top for the fun fact! Cool!)

Keera Ann Fox said...

We've gotten along rather well without context (though I think every president should have a history advisor). I've read some history books and been surprised at the significant changes in history and/or society due to some wars I'd forgotten about. I think that's just the nature of the beast.

Speaking of later changes due to an (now) historical event: The sinking of the Titanic led to some attitudinal changes in society and was the start of the democratization we experienced in the 20th century. People were so shocked to learn that 3rd class passengers had been locked in and therefore drowned, that they no longer would tolerate discrimination based on social standing. The idea of all men being equal finally gained solid footing. (Can't find a web page for this; I learned it from one of the many documentaries.)