We interrupt my blog post I’ve been desperately trying to put together for the last few days to announce that YES!!!! YES! YES! YES!!!! Dive Detectives will FINALLY be coming to the USA. Dunno when, dunno on what station, but YAP Films announced on their site (not the Dive Detectives site if you’ve been checking there) that the series has been purchased by an American broadcaster and will be shown later this year!!!!
And now back to that blog post I’ve been working on…
So I’ve been off the reservation for several days now. Vacation was fun, but of course, when you bring the children, there’s a limit to the fun to be had. I’m starting to understand the various veins and twitches I saw in my parent’s faces while growing up. Goodbye sitting in the sun for hours blissfully reading or dozing, hello panicked dashing after children convinced that plugging a fork into an electric socket would be fun.
Oh well, it was a fun time. Back to some updates…
The interview with James Alls is, if all goes according to plan, this weekend in New Castle, Indiana, the hometown of Flier Chief Kenneth Gwinn. Gwinn’s parents owned a diner that I hope is still in business. If you have a question you’d like to ask Mr. Alls, be sure to comment or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org I can’t promise we’ll get to it, but I’ll sure try. I’ve already got questions about how the Flier was decorated, if they had any pets, did some sailors think Flier was unlucky (survivor Earl Baumgart later claimed he thought she was from day one), if they had any Crossing of the Line Ceremonies, and on. If you’re curious about anything, be sure to ask. I will be filming, audio recording the session and if he gives permission, will be posting excerpts here and on YouTube.
The museum is (tentatively) hoping to open the exhibit this summer. Everything, of course, depends on money, time and schedule, but winter is our best time to build something like this: we’re less busy.
Now, since the Flier story is almost over, I thought we could do something interesting on here for the next while. I’ll be delving into the stories of some of the Lost Submarines, but in addition, courtesy of Lt. Liddell, his son Kirk, and the National Archives, I have the complete Deck Logs and War Patrol Logs of the USS Flier (of course, the ones about the second patrol were lost in the sinking.) They’re an interesting read, and I thought we’d start here on the 18th and 19th of October: the day Flier was commissioned into service, and started taking on food. (There’s an eye opener!)
Tomorrow, I’ll post the photos taken of the Commissioning parties. If you see someone you recognize in them, comment or e-mail, that’s what we’re trying to do, identify people, and tell this story.