It was a humbling and at the same
time overwhelming sensation to hear from Ole Morton Orset, the press attaché
at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Washington, that I had become part of history
by being one of the participants at the inaugural 'SS Henry Bacon Memorial
Lecture' held at the Army and Navy Club on 23rd February 2003.
SS HENRY BACON MEMORIAL LECTURE 23RD
ELLY TAYLOR'S NEW FILM TAKES HER TO
A SNOW BOUND WASHINGTON DC
The invitation to Washington came like
a bolt out of the blue and with not much notice. I was busily putting the
finishing touches to my film, dashing between on-line and dubbing when I got
a call from Ole asking about my latest film project "Through Hell and
High Water" and if I would come out with a trail to screen at the event.
Apparently the Norwegian grapevine had been in operation, as he had heard
about the film through contacts on the Island of Sørøya in the
North of Norway where I had been filming last year. For a fleeting moment,
I hesitated, as I was on a tight schedule, but it was only fleeting, as it
seemed such an important and meaningful occasion for those involved. It also
afforded me the special opportunity to meet again several of the survivors
who had honoured me by contributing to my film - Spud Campbell, Chuck Reed
(crew survivors from the Bacon) and Monrad Pedersen (Norwegian survivor and
a child at the time).
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