How open was Jack Thayer with discussing the disaster?


Riley Gardner
Jan 14, 2015
New Mexico, USA
This might sound like a silly question, given how Jack often wrote about the situation, but this question suddenly struck me - did Jack ever openly discuss the disaster as say Lawrence Beesley did?

There's a number of survivors who never spoke of the disaster. If I recall there's a number of children of survivors who didn't know until much later (or even after their parent died) that they had parents or grandparents on the Titanic. So I wonder, is there any personal discussion as to how much Jack discussed the events? Did his children, co-workers, friends, etc. ever talk to him about it?

I ask this because speaking and writing are two different situations. Depending on the person, one can be totally comfortable doing one and uncomfortable doing the other. I know that for myself it is that way.

I suppose the same could be asked for Marian. Jack being only 17 and having such an experience with death at his doorstep could really mess with you. And I even wonder how that changed interactions with him and his siblings - having two members of your family experience such trauma must be something so complicated to deal with.

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