Well, one day closer to the memorial weekend, and if you need a hotel and haven’t gotten around to it yet, you might want to move. In addition to the Holiday Inn, the museum also has some rooms at Shoreline Inn across the street. Depending on the room, both hotels have views of Muskegon Lake, and are within walking distance of the Frauenthal Theater, the Hackley and Hume Homes, Hackley Park, and LST-393 Museum (for another taste of WWII Naval History, this time, the European Theater!) plus a number of small independent stores and restaurants. (Walking distance here being defined as within a mile) My favorite food store in the whole world is only about a mile and a half away from those hotels too. Be careful if you visit, it’s ADDICTING.
I understand that the episode of Dive Detectives is beautiful and haunting,or at least, so I’m told. The staff at the museum decided to run the movie completely through their system so they could get a replacement copy in time if there was a problem or glitch, and wouldn’t you know it, none of them seemed to have anything else to do while the test was running! Some of you don’t know this, but I’m an independent contractor for the museum, and actually live about five hours away by car, so I haven’t seen it yet either! AAArrghh! But they said it was a beautiful film, very well done, so hopefully, we’ll all like it.
One of the biggest problems they had in filming was the depth of the Flier herself. Of the five submarines discovered since 2005, Flier is the deepest except for the Grunion. She is, in fact, at the very edges to human endurance using SCUBA gear underwater. For every dive aboard the Flier, which was three hours long, the divers were only able to take ten minutes on the Flier herself, so while they apparently did an amazing job filming, they were still limited to short takes and quick passes, since they had to document as quickly as they could. If permission is granted later for a more thorough survey of the submarine, it would likely be done by ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) since they don’t have to take the precautions human divers do.
That being said, it is still, apparently, amazing. If we weren’t down to one car now, I’d be half tempted to drive the 10-hour round trip to see it!
I’m finishing up the memorial booklet now. I ended up doing the covers, Flier’s Story pages and the Flier’s crew page. I finished everything except for the crew page, which is in the final stages right now. (It’s really difficult to fit 79 men on two pages!) I hope everyone likes it, but you now know who to blame if you don’t!
As soon as this is done, I have to update some pages and work on the permanent exhibit layout. Whew! This is so going to be worth it!