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Titanic History

Friday, July 12, 2024
1941 - 1st class survivor Mrs Malvina Helen Cornell died in New York, USA at the age of 84.

1972 - 2nd class survivor Miss Kate Buss died of heart failure / disease in Independence, Oregon, USA at the age of 96.

1892 - 3rd class passenger Mr Peter Andreas Lauritz Andersen S°holt was born.

1911 - 3rd class survivor Miss Helene Barbara Baclini was born to Solomon Baclini and Latifa Qurban Baclini.

1924 - 3rd class survivor Mr Neshan Krekorian married Persa Vartanian, who was not on the Titanic.

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The history of B2T

as written by Copal

B2T was the brainchild of Mike Cooper, who approached me about being the designer of the site. The task was enormous and he wanted to know if I knew a good designer who could share the duties. I immediately thought of my pal Corey Ann. We all worked for months, with a deadline set forth. Corey wasn't seeing any of her work being used, as well as problems she had with Mike, and she dropped out. Days from our Grand Opening, I happened upon the official site and realized the bios and information Mike had been contributing was word-for-word from the official site. (NOTE: None of this is meant as slander to Mike. We have an understanding now and I wish him no ill will.) I promptly deleted every file I had uploaded to the space he'd purchased and wrote him an email in explanation.

I had put so much work into the site and I truly believed in its mission, along with having my own wishes for its purpose. Mike had scanned pictures and did write some copy. None of that is used on the present site. I told him I'd be using my graphics and my own vision in a site also called Back to Titanic. It was his idea to name the site Back to Titanic, or B2T, but beyond that nothing I've used was his creation. I decided the site would be a place where the fans of Titanic could return to in order to remember how the movie changed us. I've marvelled at the talent and dedication poured into a huge variety of Titanic sites, and I wanted to be sure that people noticed. What better way than to honor those sites, employ the best webmasters, and create a community where all types of Titanic buffs and fans were welcome?

I bought the domain name the next day and set about finding recruits. At first the site was only graphics, the guestbook, and an introduction asking for staff members. I went to Sophie of Sophie's Floating Palace and invited her to join. Corey Ann changed her mind and, with my promise that things would be different, rejoined the staff. The word spread and the rest just fell like dominoes. The more people on the staff the more we had to show for it and that attracted even more talented people. Ane started working on the newsletter, Shelly made a thorough fan fiction archive, Shawn created excellent movie clips, and Mark worked on our ever-growing image gallery. Staff members have come and gone, all with diverse contributions and viewpoints.

In October of 2002, Back to Titanic was shut down because I had been out of the country and could no longer afford to maintain it. I have since gathered the funds and reopened B2T as it was when it shut down. This temporary, though lengthy, departure made me realize just how many people depended on and loved this website. Thank you to everyone who expressed their affections for the site and all of us involved.

The future is promising for our site, with so many ideas pouring in and entire sections being opened. Everyone works very hard to show the visitors of Back to Titanic that the history, the movie, and especially the fans will not be forgotten.

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