Sunday, June 14, 2009
This huge freighter went steaming the other day out of the Buffalo harbor, right outside my office window! So I had to stop working and take a picture. There is the ship up above. It is the Adam E. Cornelius!
Isn't it the biggest ship you ever saw in your life?
Susan Martin is the Home and Garden Editor and she sits next to me and she suggested I look up the Adam E. Cornelius on the Internet which I did. I found this great site called www.boatnerd.com where you can read about the ship here. I learned it was built in 1973 at a cost of $14 million.
Adam E. Cornelius was one of the two founding partners of Boland & Cornelius which was the forerunner of American Steamship Lines. There was another ship called the Adam E. Cornelius built in 1908 but it was scrapped.
Here is a picture of the Adam E. Cornelius taken once when it was laid up.
Welcome, Adam E. Cornelius, to Buffalo! And Godspeed on your future journeys on the Great Lakes.
I wonder if anyone is writing a biography of Adam E. Cornelius the way I am writing one of Leonard Pennario.
Perhaps a few months before Adam E. Cornelius died his phone rang and a woman's voice said, "Is this Adam E. Cornelius? Mr. Cornelius, hi! I am a writer for your hometown paper and I would like to ask you a few questions."
That is something to think about.
Meanwhile my journey as Pennario's artistic executor continues. There are still some people left whom I have not been able yet to interview and so this weekend I am writing letters to all of them. I am up to H. The last letter I wrote, which I am looking at right now, is to Jay Heifetz, Jascha Heifetz's son. There are some things I would like to get his take on. Pennario had such colorful memories of Heifetz, Jascha I mean. Pennario called him Jascha. That is how cool Pennario was.
He would talk about Heifetz and we would sit around and laugh and laugh. I wish I could do that again, you know? I wish I could go back for even just five minutes. Well, we all have people who are gone we wish that about.
After Jay Heifetz the next person will be ... let's see.
Paul Hume from the Washington Post is dead. So is the pianist Eugene Istomin.
Now we are into the J's. Louis Jourdan ...
... is still alive! So Louis Jourdan will be next. That is Louis Jourdan above in "Gigi," with Leslie Caron.
But ay me! Pennario has a Beverly Hills address for Louis Jourdan and I am pretty sure he now lives in France. I think I read that somewhere.
Well, no matter. I will write to him in France.
Perhaps I will sail there, on the Adam E. Cornelius!