I remember big river steamboats very clearly!

July 15, 2014


Being older has some advantages.

When I was a child of about 9 years of age there were still operating steamboats on The Ohio River and I lived close enough to Cincinnati, Ohio to be able to go with my Dad to see many of them at the Public Landing.

In fact, my Dad and I actually rode the steamboat, “Island Queen” which was owned by Cincinnati’s own “Coney Island” amusement part a few miles upriver from the city of Cincinnati.

This magnificent vessel was 5 decks tall, had a steel super structure and ran on diesel engines that powered two enormous side wheels – – one on either side of the ship . . . almost amidships.  There were thousands of light bulbs on The Island Queen and when they were all lit at night the boat looked like a virtual floating fairyland of some kind.  It was majestic . . . magnificent.

The Island Queen was big enough to be able to hold over a thousand passengers per trip and she made several trips between Cincinnati and Coney Island each day.

The ship had a working Calliope which some guy played as the ship was under way and there was a ball room on one of the decks with a polished dance floor that looked like a modern gymnasium floor.  There was a snack bar for sandwiches and bags of potato chips and popcorn, candy and soda drinks.

The last time my Dad and I rode The Island Queen was sometime during the season of 1946 and on the return trip – – late at night – – the river was very cold for some reason even though it was the middle of July.

My Dad and I were sitting on the very top deck leaning on the wheel house where the ship’s Captain and pilot were busy guiding the massive vessel to her berth in Cincinnati.

The Captain apparently noticed me huddling against Dad against the cold of the night because he came out of the wheel house and put his big Captain’s uniform coat over me and allowed me to nestle beneath it all the way from the amusement park to Cincinnati.

As Dad and I left the ship, I stopped and turned around to behold the glory she presented with all her thousands of light bulbs fully lit in the darkness of the night.  It was a glorious sight for a kid of 9 years of age.

The Island Queen was lost in a massive explosion and fire the next year in 1947 and the owners never rebuilt her or replaced her.  It was an awful loss felt throughout the entire region.

But I now have several pictures of the old queen hanging in my bedroom and she still lives vividly in my memory.

This is pretty much how The Island Queen looked when I rode her with my Dad even though I do believe the following picture is probably a few years before the time Dad and I rode her to Coney Island:


Posted by John at 8:55 PM

Picture Credit for the image at the beginning of this blog post is – – – HERE.

Citizens need to know more about their government!

March 22, 2014

I used to scream at some of the Right Wing political pundits on the radio because I took offense at the way they were talking about Liberals, Democrats and Progressives – – – they were talking about me in what I thought was the nastiest terms possible for human beings to utter. Read the rest of this entry »

Does History really teach lessons?

March 21, 2014

For example:  Is there any possible resemblance between the modern American Radical Right Wing and some of the political entities that have existed either in The United States or in other countries throughout the ages  – – and if there are any such resemblances could the outcomes of the power and influence of those political entities be similar in our day and age and here at home in America?

There is one entity in particular that comes to mind and you might want to check it out here in a “Wikipedia” article that I found.  I think it is very interesting and I am of the personal opinion that some really close similarities can be found.

Of course I could be mis-reading some things and I am sure there are plenty of Righties who will try to make that case with me.

At this point I would be extremely interested in hearing what my Readers have to say about it.

Leave a comment for moderation and share your thoughts on this idea.

Historical Disaster May Repeat!

February 16, 2014


 When I read this headline on the Internet today I found out they were talking about a movie about the volcano that destroyed the city of Pompeii a few thousand years ago.

When I first read the headline I thought they were talking about the founding of the GOP – – (“Grand Old Party”) – – (“The Republican Party”) – – but I kind of knew better because that is not a disaster that is set to “Return Again.”  That – – in my opinion – – is a disaster that will always be with us . . . at least until the time that might happen in the foreseeable future when it fragments . . explodes in a shower of brilliant sparks of internal strife and dissent . . . and fades into the dustbins of History for once and for all time.

Well . . . one can hope, can’t one?
That is the kind of hope and change that I . . . for one . . . could go for!


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