April 15th, 1912.
99 years later.
History has well documented what happened to the Titanic, its’ passengers and crew members. We all know she hit an iceberg on April 14 and sank April 15. Many, many books have been written on the subject. Dozens of documentaries and movies. Over 64 million search results on Google.
My obsession with Titanic began many years ago. With the December 1997 James Cameron movie. I didn’t go right away, wanted it to cool off a bit, for the crowds to die down. But even after a couple of months, it was still packed. People could not get enough of Old Rose and Young Rose on the big screen. And, of course, Jack. Eye Candy Leonardo DiCaprio.
There were thousands of people, sitting nose to nose, when hubby and I finally went in February 1998. There wasn’t an empty seat in the entire theater. I can’t remember if I spoke during the whole three hours. Or moved in my seat. I must have. I just don’t remember.
What I do remember is that I began crying when the ship split. It seemed so real. Like I was there as the tragedy unfolded. When the movie ended, few people immediately stood up. Most, like me, remained seated, staring at the screen. And we stared some more. I was stunned, speechless…
And that is when it began.
I was quickly consumed with all things TITANIC. I returned to the theater a few days later. And again. And again. The challenge for me was to try to make it past the “split” without crying. Nope, no, didn’t happen. Still plenty of tears. I think I saw the movie at least 20 times during its theatrical run. I lost count but I still have the ticket stubs somewhere. When the home version was released in VHS format, I bought two sets. One to watch. One to save forever unopened.
Over the next few years, my collection grew and grew. Once word got out that Donna LOVED any and everything Titanic, gifted items started showing up for my birthday, Mother’s Day, Christmas, etc. And I purchased quite a few things myself. At one point, I bet I could have won a Titanic Trivia Contest. I knew all the major details plus the minutia.
Hubby and I even traveled to Atlantic City to see Titanic, The Experience, authentic artifacts on display at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in 1999. What an experience!! I will never forget it.
This is what my collection looks like today. Over 60 items.
- Movies in VHS and DVD format
- Movie scripts
- Framed photos
- Toothpick holder
- Memorabilia Trunk
- Filmstrip Cell
- Ship replica
- Stuffed bear
- Metal sign
- Christmas ornament
- And on and on.
Now I just add a few things here and there but mostly I am the housekeeper to my collection. Keeping it dusted and rearranged frequently.
This is the last thing I purchased. Just a few days ago. From eBay.
It hasn’t arrived yet. When it does, I will make a spot for it and prop it up so the history lesson continues.