Archive for September 2014

Eastland Spirits? I'm A Believer

Eastland Spirits? I'm A Believer
In doing research for my Eastland novel, I’ve had a few strange, unexplainable experiences. Each July 24th, I go downtown for the annual memorial service on the south side of the Chicago River between the Clark and LaSalle Street Bridges. It’s a touching ceremony, hosted by Ted Wachholz and the Eastland Disaster Historical Society. www.eastlanddisaster.org/ A... Read more »

Eastland's Captain - Famous or Infamous?

Eastland's Captain - Famous or Infamous?
Harry Pedersen was the last captain of the Eastland. According to George W. Hilton, author of the definitive book on the disaster, Eastland – Legacy of the Titanic, Pedersen was born in Norway in 1860, emigrated to the US in 1885, and received both his pilot’s and master’s licenses by the turn of the century.... Read more »

Eastland Crew as Victims?

Not likely, most people might say. But I stumbled upon this strange fact while doing research for my novel, Eastland. I camped out at the Schaumburg Library for two weeks reading through the July/August/September 1915 editions of the Chicago Tribune on microfiche. On Friday, August 06, 1915, the Tribune ran this story. MEMBERS EASTLAND CREW... Read more »
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One If By Land. Two If By Sea. Three If By Running? Three Unique Ways to Explore the Eastland.

One If By Land. Two If By Sea. Three If By Running? Three Unique Ways to Explore the Eastland.
Most of us know about the red double decker bus tours of the city. And while they pass the Eastland sight along the Chicago Riverwalk near the LaSalle Street Bridge, there are other fun ways to enjoy and educate yourself and your family about the Eastland. By land – you can take the Chicago Hauntings Tour... Read more »

Crummy Jobs - Stoking the Furnaces

Crummy Jobs - Stoking the Furnaces
We’ve been challenged by our Community Manager, Jimmy Greenfield, to write outside our blog box on a topic of his choosing each week. The first few Blogger’s Life topics were interesting, but nothing that really moved me. This week’s topic, “Crummy Jobs” had me laughing out loud. My husband, Tom, heard me and suggested (brilliantly,... Read more »