Titanic Ghosts

Sounds like that old Time Tunnel episode to me. The great thing there was getting Capt. Smith (Michael Rennie) to believe James Darren, the Voice of Doom. I think that episode was also made into a ViewMaster card format.All we need is one of those hypnotic swirly tunnel things.
http://www.iann.net/timetunnel/cast.htm
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9 September 1966 was the air date for that episode called Rendezvous with Yesterday. All this from the Irwin Allen News Network (this guy wants to be credited if anything is used from his site-so there it is). I recall being so excited seeing this on my black and white t.v.- it was the only thing out there except for the MacQuitty film and the Stanwyck version. We were grateful back then!
http://www.iann.net/timetunnel/EPS/EP1/index.htm
(episode site).
 
Anyone prepared to write up Jak's idea as a novel? National Novel Writing Month begins Tuesday Nov. 1. The rule is simply write throughout the month until you've put at least 50,000 words in print. It can be the worst written novel in the world, or the best, depending solely on speed and talent. At least it's there. You haven't procrastinated.
 
Why does everyone forget the possibility of multiple universes in time-travel stories? Jeex, people, it's called an easy-out.

And Michael Rennie was in that episode? Wow, that puts a whole different spin into the mixer the next time I watch "The Day The Earth Stood Still."
 
I usually defer to the more learned members of the ET Message Board such as Michael Standardt et al. However, I can't resist making some dumb comment or asking some dumb question from time to time....so, just for fun... read my "Professor Smith and the Time Machine" on "Robert's Routes" at:
http://johnwpaige.com/robert
Maybe it should qualify for the worst Titanic story ever written ! :)
 
Robert...
Where did you find that Fireapple Red & Ivory '58 Fury?

'Tis my dream car. Is it in working order? More to the point, is it for sale?

I have been under Christine's spell since I was about eight. I need that car!!

As for your story...
I would agree that it qualifies as the worst ever written - or published, should I say.
I'm sure there have been many worse stories written that any respectable publisher wouldn't touch with an 18ft barge-pole.
 
Robert- next time you do the Route 66 drive, Westbound, as you pass through Shamrock TX turn left on 83 and head sounth about 15 miles for a real "off the beaten track" historical oddity. Between Lutie and Wellington you will find a 1930s iron bridge, on the south side of which is a collapsing farmhouse. Back in the 1930s, Bonnie and Clyde, travelling at high speed en route to Erick Oklahoma, came over the crest of the hill only to discover that the old bridge had been removed and the new one not yet built. End result was that the car ended up upside down on the river bed, on fire with Bonnie pinned underneath it. The occupants of the farmhouse came to help and instead ended up in a hostage situation which culminated in one of the farm women being non-fatally shot through a door, and two members of the Wellington Police Department abducted, later to be freed in East Texas. The site is almost "just as it was" in 1933, except for the collapsing house and the historical marker which manages to cram about 50 errors into 20 lines of text
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There are a few souveniers of the Barrow Affair in private hands in Collingsworth County including the bullet scarred door through which 'the lady of the house' was shot. Worth a look, and a nice spot to picnic. Another 90 miles south into the outback and you'll find Turkey.

BTW: Your story was far from the worst ever written. If bad is what you were striving for
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study a copy of Her Name Titanic for a while and then try again!
 
Ryan-

Were you perhaps referring to the red and white '57 Chevrolet hardtop in the Route 66 Museum photos ? I feel relatively certain it's not for sale ?

I'd have to jog my memory and do some more checking of my own photos on the website but I
don't recall a '58 Fury. Maybe it's there...somewhere...I'll recheck.

As for striving for the worst Titanic story...it wasn't really planned that way...it just came naturally. :)

>>I'm sure there have been many worse stories written that any respectable publisher wouldn't touch with an 18ft barge-pole.<<
"Keep away ! You'll swamp us !"

Jim-

Thanks for the tip. I've been down 83 south of Shamrock but had never heard the Bonnie and Clyde story before, so I'll have to make a mental note for the next trip. BTW, there is another Bonnie and Clyde story in the neighborhood of present day Airport Freeway and Esters Road, which is just about a mile south of where I live in Irving.
 
>BTW, there is another Bonnie and Clyde story in the neighborhood of present day Airport Freeway and Esters Road, which is just about a mile south of where I live in Irving.

Ah yes, the shooting of the motorcycle officer. The site of the shooting and the site of the marker are not one and the same. A while back the owner of the garage in Joplin Missouri where they had the shootout with the police ( marked the beginning of the end for them) was willing to sell it to anyone with the ability to take it away- designed in the Model T Era, it was too narrow for contemporary cars and (I suspect) a magnet for the morbidly obsessed. Dont know if he managed to unload it or not. BTW- Blanche Barrow, the only survivor of the gang, survived until relatively recently.
 
>I have been under Christine's spell since I was about eight. I need that car!!

Do yourself a favor and AVOID! The 1957 and '58 Chrysler products were, and are, as annoying to own as they are interesting to look at. Their shoddy quality became legendary, and the Plymouths in particular rusted out with dismaying speed. Christine had the ability to repair herself, but the incredibly scarcity nowadays of a car which sold 780,000 units when new attests to the sad fact that the Forward Look MOPAR dream cars of 1957 and '58 induced (and still induce unless you have a fortune to invest in them)nightmares beyond anything Christine could hope to inflict. (in particular the door windows- they never really got the 'seal' right and, when new, indoor rain showers became a Plymouth trademark. So too did the smell of must as the perpetually damp interiors began to age.)
 
"So too did the smell of must as the perpetually damp interiors began to age."

Is this what King is referring to when he constantly mentions 'The musty, death-like stench', or something along those lines?

I just want the Plymouth as a showpiece, really; something to keep in the garage and to show off with all the other classic cars at my town's annual Gala. And to hear the engine purr.
 
>I just want the Plymouth as a showpiece, really; something to keep in the garage and to show off with all the other classic cars at my town's annual Gala. And to hear the engine purr

Start off with a '57 Chevrolet or '59 Ford, both of which offer decent mechanics and a ready supply of replacement parts, before making the leap into the rare when new and impossible to repair now '58 Plymouth. That era in Chrysler history is not remembered fondly. The '57s were the car that everyone wanted-they were longer lower wider and faster than anything else on the road that year - but the engineering was so poor and the assembly so shoddy that word of mouth made what should have been a record breaking year for the company merely a Big Success as sales tapered off amid a chorus of complaints from miserable owners. The '58s (among them Christine) were redesigned 1957s and sold poorly, as did most Chrysler cars through 1964: in the wake of catastrophic 1957, the company conducted an owners' survey and, to their horror discovered that the vast majority of those who bought the flashy '57 dream cars had no intention of purchasing another Chrysler product, ever. It took the better part of a decade to regain consumer confidence. If you do find a '58 with a functioning engine and a non rusted frame, you are well off buying three others in non-running condition to use for spare parts. You'll need them
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(My parents 1957 DeSoto rusted from within and unexpectedly split in half after only a few years of driving. It still looked shiny and new, but as often happened with the '57 Chrysler products the evil worked its way to the surface)

>And to hear the engine purr

They knocked a lot as the oil leaked out. The lubrication system wasn't what it should have been, so expect a high pitched whine to develop. The last 1957 Chrysler I was in ( A New Yorker I was interested in buying) miraculously did not have a spot of rust on it but gave off a rhythmic, metallic, 'click' from within the engine compartment. "Purr" is not high on the list of noises emanating from '57 or '58 Chryslers.....however, some find their tubercular gasp to be appealing
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especially in a convertible with the roof down.


>Is this what King is referring to when he constantly mentions 'The musty, death-like stench', or something along those lines?

Most likely.
 
Thanks for the info, Jim.

Your knowledge in this field impresses me somewhat. I still want Christine, though.

This is kind of like What's-His-Face trying to talk Arnie Cunningham out of buying the car from LeBay in the book, isn't it?

And we're on the "Spooky" thread...

*Twilight Show theme tune plays*
 
>I still want Christine, though.

Well, in that case, I have a badly rusted non running '58, in Candy Apple Red with Ivory inset, which I'm willing to 'let go' , but only to the right buyer. (pauses to adjust filthy back brace)

>What's-His-Face
Dennis.
 
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