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Cruise of the Zaca – The Hollywood/UCSD True Story

13 Feb

What a Fantastic Feature Film This Would Make! Flynn in All His One-of-a-Kind Exploratory Glory.

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Rita Hayworth Birthday Celebration on Yacht

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  1. Tina

    February 13, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    I would assume the article was written by Betty Shor and found this:
    scripps.ucsd.edu…

     
    • Gentleman Tim

      February 13, 2015 at 11:36 pm

      Yes, Tina, I believe you are correct. She was extremely highly regarded, even beloved, at UCSD, and beyond. I visited Scripps (Institution of Oceanography) in La Jolla several times to speak and review records with various officials concerning the Cruise of the Zaca, but never did meet Ms. Shor. Someday, I believe, her research and recordings will help develop a wonderful screenplay. This is Flynn at a fascinating peak, doing something few men have ever done – before or since. More exciting even than Cousteau – right up there with Odysseus.

      www.youtube.com…

      www.seismosoc.org…

       
      • Gentleman Tim

        February 13, 2015 at 11:56 pm

        Let’s not forget John ‘Hit the Deck’ Decker was there. And Bes Mudi, too!

        [img]http://37.media.tumblr.com/0e76448610c0f93bd94a761dd7f0af0e/tumblr_n4uyqsKdWo1snx77eo1_1280.jpg[/img]

        For a Pre-Cruise Buffet at the Santa Monica Pier:

        [img]http://www.corbisimages.com/images/Corbis-U807101ACME.jpg?size=67&uid=f1cade9c-53c8-4c1c-9404-e01b1a7c8206[/img]

         
  2. shangheinz

    February 14, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    [img]http://www.theerrolflynnblog.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/cruise-zaca-decker.jpg[/img]

    What a treat to read, dear Tim and Tina. The scetch from above is a real (upper) Decker from that trip!

     
    • daveboz

      February 16, 2015 at 10:50 pm

      Here’s the cheque for the purchase of the film used on the trip — $846 worth of Kodachrome — from Warner Brothers!
      [img]http://reidfleming.com/flynn_1946-07-15.jpg[/img]

       
      • Gentleman Tim

        February 16, 2015 at 11:10 pm

        Very cool, daveboz. A true “Treasure”!

        Here’s the California Bank Building where Errol evidently kept some of his personal treasure:

        [img]https://36.media.tumblr.com/ef47109c75e144450e86e85be12e3534/tumblr_mhx30aMxD41ronatdo1_400.jpg[/img]

        [img]http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41gXNtiRtKL._SX342_.jpg[/img]

         
  3. ivan6gold

    February 18, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Just a brief anecdote. In the early 50s, while working nights at Googies, I helped my house-painter buddy Dick Morris paint Rita Hayworth’s home in Bev Hills. She wasn’t around much but one time when she checked in to see how the painting was progressing, Dick told her about my relationship with EF. Interested, she mentioned the few times she and then-husband Orson Wells were EF’s guest aboard his yacht. She remarked how much fun he was, and what a charming rogue he was, and said Orson felt EF was one of the few people he might have swapped places with. Later, when she moved into her house next to Glenn Ford behind the Bev Hills Hotel, she invited Dick and me to one of her rare cocktail parties. By then she wasn’t with Wells but again remarked how she missed the fun times up at EF’s Mulholland House. Great time, guys!

     
    • Gentleman Tim

      February 18, 2015 at 10:25 pm

      That is so awesome, Steve. Thanks for this great history! It’s so rare & cool to get such fun inside stories and insight.
      Rita sure always looked like she enjoyed “the charming rogue”!

      [img]https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/6d/c3/72/6dc372fae0bfa296d78d178822d5b2b4.jpg[/img]

      [img]http://www.tahoeskiworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Sugar-Bowl-Errol-Flynn-Rita-Hayworth-skiing.jpg[/img]

      [img]http://thehairpin.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/errol-flynn-nora-eddington-rita-hayworth-orson-welles-cake.jpeg[/img]

       
    • David DeWitt

      February 19, 2015 at 12:53 am

      What fun it all must have been! I wish I had been to Googies! There was a small restaurant I and two buddies stopped into with a view oif Scwabbs and I remember sitting in a booth opposite another row of booth that had a view out of the windows. Cashier was up near the front doors somewhere and I tell myself it might have been Googies but I can’t remember what year it was …

       
      • Gentleman Tim

        February 19, 2015 at 3:44 am

        I never saw it, David, nor Schwabbs. You were likely looking right at it! How great to see either of such iconic landmarks!! Steve was really there at the epicenter of Hollywood. How wonderful he’s sharing that with us.

        Here’s a great photo of both, with a sign for the Jai Lai in Tijuana where Errol used to ocasionally visit when he was in Coronado/San Diego.

        [img]http://www.martinturnbull.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/schwabs-googies.png[/img]

        What a wonderful “space age” architectural syle and influence it was also!

        www.socalhistory.org…

        [img]http://korakdesign.com/portfolio/portfolio_images/KD_illustration_Googies.jpg[/img]

        Man, this was clearly the place to see and be!

        [img]http://cdn.cstatic.net/images/gridfs/54b95750f92ea10b00001a47/74273748.jpg[/img]

         
    • Gentleman Tim

      February 19, 2015 at 4:17 am

      Googled Up Some More Goodies on Googies – including some gouge on Gabor.

      www.midnightpalace.com…

      (Type in “Googies” and click on book title))

      [img]http://www.stevehayes.org/covers/googieskindle.jpg[/img]

       
      • David DeWitt

        February 19, 2015 at 4:46 am

        Photos of Googies are rare and hard to find, Gent! Well done! I’ll have to Google to find out when Googies was torn down. I am absolutely clear Schwabs was in view as we walked into the restaurant.

         
      • David DeWitt

        February 19, 2015 at 5:52 am

        Looks like Steve Hayes’ Googies wasn’t torn down until 1989. My trip to LA with my pals was likely between 1970-72 … So, it seems possible we did wander into Googies. The Schwab sign nearby stands out in my mind very clearly. What other cafe could it have been?