There are some things that are significant in life that you just don’t realize the enormity of until years later. This photo represents one of those occurrences.
On November 19th, 1987, my father and I were fortuitous enough to meet with Ruth Blanchard, one of the last remaining survivors of the Titanic, and record a personal interview. She lived in Santa Barbara and so did we. I was only 14 at the time (I’m on the far left in the picture; she is second from the right). Sometimes you’re just lucky enough to be this close to living history.
Back then, I thought this was a neat experience. But now, as the years pass, and the lives of all the remaining survivors pass with them, I treasure this moment. Not many others will have had this experience. Nor will others hear the subtle details that only an actual witness to this event can convey.
A couple years ago, we digitized the interview, which makes it all the more easier to share with you now.
The interview: mp3