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August 27, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Shirley Slater, 67, who with her husband, Harry Basch, formed a popular travel writing team adept at evaluating cruise ships and recreational vehicles, died Friday in Los Angeles of complications of cancer and chemotherapy. The couple created a column called Cruise Views for The Times' Sunday travel section in 1984 and remained regular contributors to the newspaper for 18 years. Slater was also a food writer who contributed to Bon Appetit magazine.
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September 1, 2002
Shirley Slater, who along with her husband, Harry Basch, has been reviewing cruise ships for The Times' Travel section for 18 years, died Aug. 23. Today's "Cruise Views" column was written before her death and is the last one that will carry their double byline.
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September 1, 2002
Shirley Slater, who along with her husband, Harry Basch, has been reviewing cruise ships for The Times' Travel section for 18 years, died Aug. 23. Today's "Cruise Views" column was written before her death and is the last one that will carry their double byline.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Shirley Slater, 67, who with her husband, Harry Basch, formed a popular travel writing team adept at evaluating cruise ships and recreational vehicles, died Friday in Los Angeles of complications of cancer and chemotherapy. The couple created a column called Cruise Views for The Times' Sunday travel section in 1984 and remained regular contributors to the newspaper for 18 years. Slater was also a food writer who contributed to Bon Appetit magazine.
TRAVEL
October 6, 1991
So Shirley Slater and Harry Basch (Sept. 8) think anyone who enjoys a tranquil, low-key cruise minus a lot of very young children surrounding them all day and at the dinner table is a curmudgeon? Please ask them to look up the word in a dictionary. Mine lists it as "a cantankerous, bad-tempered, miserly person." I'm surprised at them. MARION E. LUTZ Pasadena
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February 26, 1989
"Viewing Upper Egypt From a Boat on the Nile" (Jan. 29), by Shirley Slater and Harry Basch, was interesting and informative. As I am quite familiar with the Nile Valley from Luxor to the Sudan at various times of the year, I was amazed to read that October was recommended as the best month for weather, for October is still very hot! January and February always have been recognized as the very best months, with maximum temperatures in the low 80s and the nights quite chilly. However, their advice on women's conservative wearing apparel should be well heeded in all Arab nations.
TRAVEL
August 2, 1987
You have lost your credibility with us. We were passengers on the May 23 voyage of the Queen Elizabeth 2 and the July 12 article by Shirley Slater and Harry Basch was a commercial glossing over of a trip that was unsatisfactory and disappointing to everyone we came in contact with on the ship. The Queen needs to do much more than straighten her tiara. As a friend put it, no one takes the QE2 for transportation . . . you are paying for a feeling. That feeling is gone. R. M. and L. V. THACHERYucca Valley
TRAVEL
August 30, 1987
Just had to respond to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Thomas' note about tea at the Ritz (Letters, July 26). On July 13 I had high tea at London's Ritz Hotel. The cost was 9.25 ($15.37 U.S. per person). My friend and I found it a most delightful experience, especially with the attention of maitre d' Michael, making substitutions to meet my dietary needs. Thanks for the May 24 article of Shirley Slater and Harry Basch (about the Ritz). It added a special meaning to my trip. TERRI LAVOOT Anaheim
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July 21, 1985
The article by Shirley Slater and Harry Basch in Cruise Views about the Nordic Prince (June 30) said, "There are no alluring little corners for a quiet chat or a place to read." I was on the Nordic Prince seven years ago. There is a small sitting room off the main sitting lounge near the lobby, but no smoking or drinking is allowed, and you can watch the sea go by out of the port-side windows. PATRICK A. BROWN San Clemente
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July 26, 1987
I can't believe that Shirley Slater and Harry Basch didn't mention the main problem with Queen Elizabeth 2 in their glowing article July 12. The $150-million new diesel motor is so loud and rattles the ship so much that it's nerve-racking. The aft especially, where the pools are, shakes so bad that you can't hold a book still enough to read and it's too noisy to sleep. I've never been on a cruise where the pool areas were near-deserted on a sunny day. ALVIN MARKOVITZ MD Los Angeles
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July 19, 1998
Criticism for criticism's sake is pointless, but I enjoyed your seemingly unbiased article on the Grand Princess ship ("Cruiseopolis," June 21), and it was good to read that author Christopher Reynolds actually paid for his cabin! If it is indeed the policy of the Travel Section to book anonymously, how can Cruise Views authors Shirley Slater and Harry Basch travel as "guests of the cruise lines," and at the same time, travel "anonymously"? Perhaps, this is why their ship reviews are usually soft in areas of unbiased criticism?
TRAVEL
October 6, 1991
So Shirley Slater and Harry Basch (Sept. 8) think anyone who enjoys a tranquil, low-key cruise minus a lot of very young children surrounding them all day and at the dinner table is a curmudgeon? Please ask them to look up the word in a dictionary. Mine lists it as "a cantankerous, bad-tempered, miserly person." I'm surprised at them. MARION E. LUTZ Pasadena
TRAVEL
February 26, 1989
"Viewing Upper Egypt From a Boat on the Nile" (Jan. 29), by Shirley Slater and Harry Basch, was interesting and informative. As I am quite familiar with the Nile Valley from Luxor to the Sudan at various times of the year, I was amazed to read that October was recommended as the best month for weather, for October is still very hot! January and February always have been recognized as the very best months, with maximum temperatures in the low 80s and the nights quite chilly. However, their advice on women's conservative wearing apparel should be well heeded in all Arab nations.
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June 12, 1988
One cannot help but feel a sense of betrayal and sadness as one reads the article on "Havana" (May 29) by Shirley Slater and Harry Basch. The glittering city that once was the pride of all Cubans is now without the vitality that used to rush through its streets. Cubans have never pretended that their tiny island was perfect and there was plenty to do and correct after overthrowing its dictator, Fulgencio Batista, in the 1950s. However, democracy was, is and will be the best medicine to cure our social ills.
TRAVEL
August 30, 1987
Just had to respond to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Thomas' note about tea at the Ritz (Letters, July 26). On July 13 I had high tea at London's Ritz Hotel. The cost was 9.25 ($15.37 U.S. per person). My friend and I found it a most delightful experience, especially with the attention of maitre d' Michael, making substitutions to meet my dietary needs. Thanks for the May 24 article of Shirley Slater and Harry Basch (about the Ritz). It added a special meaning to my trip. TERRI LAVOOT Anaheim
TRAVEL
August 2, 1987
You have lost your credibility with us. We were passengers on the May 23 voyage of the Queen Elizabeth 2 and the July 12 article by Shirley Slater and Harry Basch was a commercial glossing over of a trip that was unsatisfactory and disappointing to everyone we came in contact with on the ship. The Queen needs to do much more than straighten her tiara. As a friend put it, no one takes the QE2 for transportation . . . you are paying for a feeling. That feeling is gone. R. M. and L. V. THACHERYucca Valley
TRAVEL
July 19, 1998
Criticism for criticism's sake is pointless, but I enjoyed your seemingly unbiased article on the Grand Princess ship ("Cruiseopolis," June 21), and it was good to read that author Christopher Reynolds actually paid for his cabin! If it is indeed the policy of the Travel Section to book anonymously, how can Cruise Views authors Shirley Slater and Harry Basch travel as "guests of the cruise lines," and at the same time, travel "anonymously"? Perhaps, this is why their ship reviews are usually soft in areas of unbiased criticism?
TRAVEL
July 26, 1987
I can't believe that Shirley Slater and Harry Basch didn't mention the main problem with Queen Elizabeth 2 in their glowing article July 12. The $150-million new diesel motor is so loud and rattles the ship so much that it's nerve-racking. The aft especially, where the pools are, shakes so bad that you can't hold a book still enough to read and it's too noisy to sleep. I've never been on a cruise where the pool areas were near-deserted on a sunny day. ALVIN MARKOVITZ MD Los Angeles
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