#46063, "The Titanic "bug": when did it bite you?"
After this past weekend of the centennial; which for myself included changing my computer wallpaper, a glass of wine, and getting out my old tape of 'A Night to Remember', I started wondering how I got interested in the ship in the first place.
After much mental rummaging, I remembered! I was living in Lakenheath, England at the time and my Dad and I watched an old disaster show called "Havoc". Every week it was a different topic: weather, volcanoes, or shipwrecks. Of course, any British show about shipwrecks is going to include Big T.
Not long after, I visited my grandmother and Aunt in Michigan, and up in her attic wre a bunch of paperback novels, including Clive Cussler's "Raise the Titanic". From then on, I was hooked.
Anyone else recall how it was for them?
Karl // ------------------------------------------------------------- "There is no divorcing the Titanic. EVER." - Charles Pellegrino
#46064, "RE: The Titanic " In response to Reply # 0
A friend of mine asked me to build a Titanic model for him as he wasn't a model builder and had poor eyesite. It took me about three years to build his fully detailed model. As I built the model, I became more interested in the history and bought some books as reference and even bought myself my own Titanic kit with photo-etch sets, (which I still haven't started).
#46066, "RE: The Titanic " In response to Reply # 0
I think I've had an interest in the Titanic most of my life. I'm not sure when it started but I know I've always been aware of her story. It was only as I got older that I really developed an intense interest.
When the National Geographic came out in '85 (?) I wore out that magazine, forever studying the photo mosaic, etc. I still have it.
In '96 or so, there was an ad in the paper from, I think, the Titanic Historical Society. They were selling coal that had been picked up from one of the numerous dives to the wreck. They were selling these chunks of coal to "help fund further expeditions". I wasn't sure if I was being taken or what but I bought a piece anyway. My girlfriend, now wife, thought I was an idiot (she still thinks that, by the way). The chunk will be displayed with my model when it's finished.
Obviously, the release of the movie in '97 was huge for me as a fan of the ship. But the trip I took to Fairview Lawn cemetary in Halifax and the maritime museum also in Halifax was a new high point of my obsession. The museum has quite a few artifacts including the shoes of the "Unknown Child". It's quite a sobering story.
My obsession continues with the building of this model. I never thought I'd own a set of plans but I'll be purchasing a set of the Hahn plans soon enough. What's cool is that my 8 year old daughter has developed an interest in the ship and the whole story by watching me and my model. I think she's a tad too young for the movie yet, but I can't wait for the day we can sit and watch it together. Hopefully I'll be sparking a deeper interest for her. She wants to be an oceanographer when she grows up.
#46072, "RE: The Titanic " In response to Reply # 2
I was about eleven years old when I first heard of Titanic. Checking the TV one weekend a show was on HBO called Remember When. The year was 1912.This was in the early eighties before she was found. She was much more mysterious in those days. Didn't even know if she'd ever be found.
#46081, "RE: The Titanic " In response to Reply # 4
I first became interested in RMS Titanic when I was about 4 years old lying in hospital after having a kidney transplant and I watched Ghostbusters 2 where she features for about 1 minute or so and ever since then I've been hooked. I have a lot of memorabilia that I have collected over the years (books, dvds, mugs etc) I've recently found out that one of my fiancees relatives died on the RMS Titanic his name was Ernest Theodore Corben he worked as the Assistant Printer!
#46089, "RE: The Titanic " In response to Reply # 0
For me it was when I was 20, upon hearing the news that the wreck had been found. I recall looking at the pictures in the newspapers and magazines, fascinated and enthralled with the historical significance. Some years later it was kick started again with the Cameron film and all of the emerging images and footage of the wreck. A visit to Florida in 2001 offered the chance to visit the museum there, and I was blown away with the exhibition, which, for me brought home the scale of the human side of the tragedy. I live in Southampton, so it's of such importance locally, you can't really escape it, which is fine for me! Like many, I've collected some reference, watched many documentaries and bought the Minicraft kit, which I plan to build as soon as I can. As a life long model maker, it's one model I've been looking forward to building the most. I mainly build motorsport models, so a ship will be a big change for me.
#46097, "RE: The Titanic " In response to Reply # 6
In about 1963 when I was 9 I saw a reference to the sinking with an accompanying drawing in a kids encyclopedia , and later saw a copy of Walter Lords " A Night to Remember " in the School Library that I repeatedly took out week after week till my parents bought me my own copy. I met Frank Goldsmith in 1977 and he signed my Night to Remember. I learned of Lusitania in 1966 when I saw The Lusitania book by A.A.Hoehling on a friend of my Grandparents shelf in Pennsylvania and they gave me the book. I have both books to this day. Sincerely , Bill Young
#46098, "RE: The Titanic " In response to Reply # 7
Back in 1961 I saw the 1953 movie "Titanic" when it was shown on NBC's "Saturday Night at the Movies". And that set me up for reading Walter Lord's "A Night to Remember" soo thereafter. That was more than enough to set the hook.
#46103, "RE: The Titanic " In response to Reply # 0
For me it must have been around 1979-80 after seeing the film 'SOS Titanic' at the cinema with a friend. Then I borrowed the book "A Night to Remember" at the local library, and after that it has continued...
Interestingly, I am 99% sure that the model sinking scenes in the cinema version of 'SOS Titanic' were different from the VHS video version that I later owned.