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February 15, 1993 | Chris Woodyard., Times Staff Writer
Joseph F. Prevratil, 55, has become a Captain Fix-it for Long Beach's landmark Queen Mary. When Walt Disney Co. abandoned the liner last year, it seemed as though the city might sell it. Enter Prevratil, a Fullerton resident who once ran the Movieland Wax Museum in Buena Park and operated the Queen Mary during most of the 1980s. With the financial backing of Robert Gumbiner, chairman of FHP Inc. in Fountain Valley, Prevratil plans to reopen the ship Feb. 26.
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March 19, 1997 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Upping the ante on the proposed trip of the Queen Mary to Japan, a new analysis by the Long Beach city manager's office showed Tuesday that it could cost as much as $12 million to tow the famed ship to Tokyo Bay. And that's a one-way estimate. It is uncertain how much it would cost to bring it back.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 1989
The executive director of the Port of Long Beach has announced that he is resigning to supervise the $80-million expansion of the Long Beach Convention Center. Joseph F. Prevratil, who earned his reputation early in the decade by revamping the money-losing Queen Mary and Spruce Goose attractions before taking the port job a year ago, said Monday that the new position will take best advantage of his management skills. "I'm a problem solver. I came to the Queen Mary and solved a big problem.
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February 12, 1997 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Queen Mary, at least for now, is staying in Long Beach. The Long Beach City Council voted Tuesday night to delay a decision for at least 60 days on whether to allow the operator of the famed ship to tow it to Japan and base it there for three to five years to raise money for repairs and restoration. In a session punctuated by references to the Titanic and "Ship of Fools," the nine-member City Council decided it wanted to know a lot more about the proposal by Queen Mary operator Joseph F.
NEWS
June 15, 1989
The former executive director of the Port of Long Beach who resigned to become a consultant to the city will be paid $138,000 a year plus $10,000 for expenses, the Redevelopment Agency board decided this week. The salary approved Monday for Joseph F. Prevratil is substantially higher than the $110,046 a year he received as port director. In addition, he will be able to take on outside consulting tasks for additional income. Prevratil helped work out an arrangement in which the port will pay for expansion of the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, and then resigned to head the project as a private consultant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 1992
Long Beach city officials announced Tuesday they are negotiating exclusively with an investment group headed by Joseph F. Prevratil, who once managed the Queen Mary, to run the tourist attraction beginning Jan. 1. City Manager James C. Hankla cited Prevratil's experience in choosing his proposal over two other bids to operate the ship. Prevratil oversaw the operation of the Queen Mary for the Wrather Corp., which ran the ship under a lease until 1988. The current operator, the Walt Disney Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1995
The Queen Mary lost about $467,000 in the first three months of 1995, a period in which tourism traditionally is low. The tourist attraction lost $950,000 in the first three months of 1994 before rebounding later in the year to trim the loss to $540,000. Officials of RMS Foundation Inc., which operates the Queen Mary, said the loss in the first three months this year was less than expected because the historic ship turned a $44,000 profit in March alone. In March, 1994, the Queen Mary lost nearly $300,000.
NEWS
December 6, 1987
On Wednesday, the Queen Mary will celebrate 20 years as one of Long Beach's attractions with a gala party. Anyone who proves that he has lived or worked in Long Beach within the last 20 years--by showing a driver's license or pay stub--will be admitted free to the Queen Mary/Spruce Goose Entertainment Complex. All guests who visit the complex will receive a commemorative button, a complimentary piece of "berthday" cake and a coupon good for a return visit at 25% off admission.
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February 7, 1997 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Declaring that it is in Long Beach's best interest to keep the Queen Mary home, City Manager James C. Hankla urged the City Council on Thursday to reject a proposal to move the famed ship to Tokyo for three to five years. Hankla's recommendation came in response to a plan presented to the city by Queen Mary operator Joseph F. Prevratil, who said the city-owned ship would generate enough money as a floating hotel-casino to finance a $40-million overhaul of the vessel.
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December 12, 1996 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Opening a new chapter in the storied history of the Queen Mary, the ship's operator is negotiating with Japanese interests to move Long Beach's best-known icon to Tokyo Bay for at least three years. The negotiations are being conducted by Joseph F. Prevratil, who operates the Queen Mary under a lease from the city, and are being closely followed by municipal leaders, a number of whom are expressing skepticism.
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February 10, 1997 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Businessman Joseph F. Prevratil, a onetime amusement park entrepreneur who now operates the Queen Mary, was laying ambitious plans to move the famed ship from Long Beach to Tokyo in a deal valued in the tens of millions of dollars, even as he was fighting off creditors in a bankruptcy in Riverside. The fusion of blue-sky dreams and bankruptcy comes as no surprise to those who have followed Prevratil's career.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1997 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Declaring that it is in Long Beach's best interest to keep the Queen Mary home, City Manager James C. Hankla urged the City Council on Thursday to reject a proposal to move the famed ship to Tokyo for three to five years. Hankla's recommendation came in response to a plan presented to the city by Queen Mary operator Joseph F. Prevratil, who said the city-owned ship would generate enough money as a floating hotel-casino to finance a $40-million overhaul of the vessel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 1996 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Opening a new chapter in the storied history of the Queen Mary, the ship's operator is negotiating with Japanese interests to move Long Beach's best-known icon to Tokyo Bay for at least three years. The negotiations are being conducted by Joseph F. Prevratil, who operates the Queen Mary under a lease from the city, and are being closely followed by municipal leaders, a number of whom are expressing skepticism.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1995
The Queen Mary lost about $467,000 in the first three months of 1995, a period in which tourism traditionally is low. The tourist attraction lost $950,000 in the first three months of 1994 before rebounding later in the year to trim the loss to $540,000. Officials of RMS Foundation Inc., which operates the Queen Mary, said the loss in the first three months this year was less than expected because the historic ship turned a $44,000 profit in March alone. In March, 1994, the Queen Mary lost nearly $300,000.
BUSINESS
March 26, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
IDM's Founder Quits: Michael J. Choppin, who founded IDM Corp. nearly 25 years ago and built it into the biggest development company in Long Beach, has resigned as the company's chairman and chief executive after a new board of directors met for the first time. Choppin will be replaced as chairman by Joseph Prevratil, who manages the Queen Mary. Prevratil's business associate, Bruce Juell, was named the company's president.
BUSINESS
February 15, 1993 | Chris Woodyard., Times Staff Writer
Joseph F. Prevratil, 55, has become a Captain Fix-it for Long Beach's landmark Queen Mary. When Walt Disney Co. abandoned the liner last year, it seemed as though the city might sell it. Enter Prevratil, a Fullerton resident who once ran the Movieland Wax Museum in Buena Park and operated the Queen Mary during most of the 1980s. With the financial backing of Robert Gumbiner, chairman of FHP Inc. in Fountain Valley, Prevratil plans to reopen the ship Feb. 26.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1997 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Queen Mary, at least for now, is staying in Long Beach. The Long Beach City Council voted Tuesday night to delay a decision for at least 60 days on whether to allow the operator of the famed ship to tow it to Japan and base it there for three to five years to raise money for repairs and restoration. In a session punctuated by references to the Titanic and "Ship of Fools," the nine-member City Council decided it wanted to know a lot more about the proposal by Queen Mary operator Joseph F.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 1993 | FAYE FIORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the Long Beach Symphony was in debt and foundering, supporters called Joseph F. Prevratil to save it. When the city's Chamber of Commerce was nearly a quarter of a million in the red, officials called Prevratil to balance the books. When Long Beach's largest developer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the company asked Prevratil to help shepherd it back to solvency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 1992
Long Beach city officials announced Tuesday they are negotiating exclusively with an investment group headed by Joseph F. Prevratil, who once managed the Queen Mary, to run the tourist attraction beginning Jan. 1. City Manager James C. Hankla cited Prevratil's experience in choosing his proposal over two other bids to operate the ship. Prevratil oversaw the operation of the Queen Mary for the Wrather Corp., which ran the ship under a lease until 1988. The current operator, the Walt Disney Co.
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