- Apr 21, 2009
In 1967 in my native Bangalore, India. That was the second run. I was 12 years old at the time.When did you first see the 1964 film The Unsinkable Molly Brown that sparked your interest in the Titanic? Mine was the 1997 film when I was 5.
To be truthful, I took only some notice of the Titanic at the time; I was more fascinated by the iceberg, which was depicted in that film to be far larger than it actually was..Then the following year, a cousin was involved in an RTA and broke his femur badly enough to be confined to bed for 9 months. He became a guest at my house during that time because my adopted parents were doctors. As he was in my age group we chatted a lot about common interests like comics, movies etc. He had seen the 1953 Barbara Stanwyck version of Titanic (probably in its third or fourth run) and could not stop talking about it. That was what really made my interest take off. But other than ANTR and Geoffrey Marcus' book The Maiden Voyage I had little source material in India for the next 17 years.
My wife and I came to the UK in 1985 and in the first 12 months lived in a small town called Burton-on-Trent in the Midlands. Being doctors ourselves, we were given hospital accommodation; opposite our apartment building was a second hand bookshop. Its owner was very interested in the Titanic since his friend, who had died the previous year, was related to a survivor. We got talking -a lot - and I have never looked back since.