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October 19, 1988 | BURT A. FOLKART, Times Staff Writer
John Gregory, the 34th skipper of the Queen Mary, has died--the only captain of the venerable passenger liner turned troop ship turned tourist attraction who never took the vessel to sea. Gregory was 77 and a lifelong bachelor who said his only "marriage" was to the ship he boarded in 1980 at a time when the once-vaunted vessel was proving a financial drain on the city of Long Beach. He died Sunday at Memorial Medical Center in Long Beach of the complications of recent heart bypass surgery.
June 11, 1988 | Paul Dean
The spirits of the Queen Mary are mild and many. They are of the '30s, and artful, decorous Noel Coward in Art Deco first class. Of Blue Ribands and the initials of combat-bound GIs carved into teak rails and a final skipper who really was named Treasure Jones. But now, the wilder wraiths of John Pedder and W. E. Stark have stirred abroad and aboard.
May 17, 1988 | DON HECKMAN
Jazz on a summer day--actually several spring days in this case--was every bit as alive last weekend at the Queen Mary Jazz Festival '88 as it was 30 years ago at Newport when photographer Bert Stern made his classic jazz festival film. But there were differences.
July 14, 2007 | Annette Haddad, Times Staff Writer
A leading candidate to run Long Beach's Queen Mary attraction and develop its surrounding grounds has pulled out of negotiations with the city, officials said Friday. But other developers interested in leasing the 55-acre site are scheduled to bid at an auction later this summer. The city of Long Beach owns the Art Deco-era ocean liner that has been docked across Queensway Bay from the city's downtown for nearly 40 years.
May 19, 1986 | LEONARD FEATHER
The second annual Queen Mary Jazz Festival in Long Beach was held, like its predecessor, not aboard the mighty liner but on the dock about 100 yards away, in what seems like an enormous converted parking lot. Again co-producer Al Williams (with Roy Hassett) tried to find a middle ground between artistic values and economic necessities. He succeeded to some extent Saturday, but hardly at all on Friday, when two of the three acts were essentially pop-oriented.
August 25, 1994
During the Queen Mary's heyday, guests would retire to the upper deck for a polite game of shuffleboard. This fall, visitors to the Long Beach attraction may have the chance to try something more extreme: bungee jumping. The Board of Harbor Commissioners and the city Planning Commission have given the operator of a bungee jumping business approval to construct a 210-foot jumping tower next to the luxury liner's bow.
January 23, 1992
A citizens committee originally formed to review the now-abandoned DisneySea project will continue to study uses for the Queen Mary area. The Long Beach City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to change the name and focus, but not the members, of the Port Disney Citizen Advisory Committee to the Queen Mary Area Development Advisory Committee.
May 19, 1993
John Treasure Jones, 87, the last captain of the Cunard liner Queen Mary. He commanded the ship on its 1,000th and final voyage in 1967, from New York to Southampton, England, urging passengers: "Up with the spirits and down with the champagne." Jones also sailed the Queen Mary to its permanent berth in Long Beach, where it became a hotel and tourist attraction. Born in Wales, Jones went to sea at 16 on a tramp steamer.
February 27, 1993
The Queen Mary reopened under new management Friday after more than a year of uncertainty about the fate of the money-losing tourist attraction. About 100 people boarded the moored liner by midafternoon, despite a heavy rain, a receptionist estimated. There was no admission fee, but guided tours were offered for $5. Restaurants, the ship's wedding chapel and other attractions were scheduled to open today and Sunday. Hotel service will reopen March 5.
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