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Grand Rapids, Michigan
When I was a small boy I found a copy of the old 1912 Titanic book by Logan Marshall on my grandmother’s bookshelf, and I used to thumb through that book looking at the illustrations and text in an attempt to learn what happened to the ship. One illustration in particular horrified me – the one showing a lifeboat full of passengers that was rowing right past a dying swimmer who was holding his arm out in a hopeless appeal for help.
My grandmother had already told me there weren’t enough lifeboats on the ship to accommodate all the men, and I couldn’t help but wonder how I would have felt if my mother, brother and I were in that lifeboat and the dying man in the water was my father. The Titanic really caught my imagination, and – because I had no other sources of information about the ship – I read and re-read my grandmother’s book in an attempt to satisfy my curiosity on the subject. However, while reading the book I soon realized that the information contained in one chapter sometimes contradicted information contained in another part of the book, and I felt a keen desire to learn which version of the Titanic story was correct. My desire to learn the truth stayed with me through the years until I was finally old enough to start doing my own original research by interviewing Titanic survivors, acquiring books about the sinking, searching for survivor interviews in old 1912 newspapers, and uncovering new sources of information about the sinking. (I even learned that I’m distantly related to victim Arthur Ryerson and crew survivor William Edwy Ryerson.) At any rate, the desire to uncover the true story of the Titanic has never left me, and I plan to continue conducting my research until I’m physically no longer able to do so.
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Buena Vista, Colorado
I wouldn't go see James Cameron's Titanic until I read about Titanics history. I'm an avid reader and will almost always read the book or history before seeing a film (if it was based on a book, or a historical event).
Titanic pulled me in with the stories of the passengers, particularly the survivors. I imagined having just sold everything I owned to board Titanic with my family, to sail to a new life in a new land, I imaged arriving without what little possessions I had left, without any money, my husband, and maybe even my children. I imagined what it would have been like if I couldn't speak English. How on earth did these people get through this? (if they did).
Who were the helpers in the story, this I wanted to know! I have been through my own struggles, and I know I would never have made it without the help of others.
Th stories of people like Margaret Brown and Harold Lowe Thomas Andrews and other heroes in the story just fascinated me.
George and I talked about the misinformation that can be out there and we wanted to help remedy that by helping people decide which books to choose, if they were looking for facts. Although, separating fact from fiction is not always an easy task. We can try our best.
This is why we need to keep reading, to keep researching. There's so much left to learn!