Monday, April 15, 2013

Featuring the Unsinkable Molly Brown

Today is the 101st anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. This is a very popular historical event and therefore, I want to take a moment to venture away from The Brothers Karamazov and do that thing I do- get my dorky historical pants on. Trust, this will happen frequently... I find many historical events to be significant; in line with my fellow historians.

We all know the story... the "Unsinkable" Titanic hit an iceberg; there were not enough lifeboats/jackets; "women and children first"... I am sure most of us know the hollywood storyline between Jack Dawson and Rose whatever-her-last-name-is.

But how many of you know about Molly Brown? I truly hope more than a few... she was a colorful character who is even materialized in Hollywood's "Titanic". Yes, the most of that plotline was not completely accurate (as in the main plot of the two lovers), yet they did recreate quite a few well-known facts. Gotta love Hollywood, eh?

I mention Molly Brown for one reason only. Of course, a few other anecdotes stream from this main one, but for the main part, Molly Brown had a huge impact on my childhood. My wonderful Grandma was a history buff just like me (she died eight years ago) and through all the amazing things she taught me, Molly Brown stands front and center.

As you may know, I live in Colorado. Though Molly Brown was not born in Denver, she resided there before and after the sinking of the Titanic. The house she lived in still stands as a museum that my sister and our children visit often. I encourage anyone that lives close enough or plans on traveling to Denver to go there and hear her amazing story of sudden wealth and flamboyant personality (my favorite). The interior has this gold and blood red theme that just screams at you from everywhere you turn, and the authenticity of all the tour is fun (maybe not on a hot summer day with 4 young children, though).

Speaking of that precious memory, here is a few picture of that trip:


Here is my sister and her children- Brielle, Conner, and Kaden- and my only daughter at the time, Anya (this was 2008).

And here is a little better of a shot of the four children- Brielle, Conner, Anya, and Kaden
More on the last of The Brothers Karamazov later. I am, as of this moment, on page 880 and hope that I can finish it before tomorrow's posting! Have a fun spring night that is hopefully not as winterish as Colorado's right now (we have about 8 inches of snow and falling).


  1. Oooooooh myyyyyyyyy gooooooooood. Look at the babies! Of course Brielle was attached to my leg lol aw we need to go again this summer! If summer ever comes . . . .

  2. Let's not go in the middle of summer again, though... maybe a warm spring day instead...