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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
  
  
  
 
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All Saints Day. by tucsonmike on 1 November 2007 5:40am
 
If you are good, I will tell you an All Saints Day story.
 
Re: All Saints Day. by Spursfan on 1 November 2007 10:06am
 
We'll be good, Uncle Michael!! Tell us a story please please please!!

;-)
 
Re: All Saints Day. by kazzzz on 1 November 2007 12:18pm
 
That's me out, I'm a bit bad.
 
Re: All Saints Day. by Spursfan on 1 November 2007 1:25pm
 
A bit?!!!!

;-)
 
Re: All Saints Day. by kazzzz on 1 November 2007 1:54pm
 
Well a bit more than a bit...
 
Re: All Saints Day. by tucsonmike on 1 November 2007 3:05pm
 
It is a tragic story, but a story of old Brooklyn.
The date, November 1st, 1918, an unseasonably warm day.
The rapid transit trains going from Manhattan to Brooklyn, (what you folks across the pond call the Tube or Underground) was on strike. Supervisors were brought in to operate the trains with little training.

One Edward Luciano, a dispatcher with little training was called upon to be a train driver. He was successful all day, considering his lack of training. Then, he was forced to do an evening run from City Hall in Manhattan all the way to Brighton Beach.

Luciano started the train and headed over the Brooklyn Bridge. (Trains ran on the bridge in those days).

As the run went on, Luciano kept overshooting stations and stopping short. Passengers on the packed train were becoming angry and afraid.
On what is now the Franklin Shuttle, he came to the Malbone Street curve before the Prospect Park station. The speed limit is 6 miles per hour. Luciano was doing 45. The five car wooden train was smashed to pieces with one hundred fatalities. Luciano somehow managed to survive and was seen running from the train crying "Today is All Saint Day, they must have spared me!"
You can read more of the nasty details in the following link from the files of the New York City Transit Authority.

http://www.nycsubway.org/articles/malbone01.html
 
Re: All Saints Day. by kazzzz on 1 November 2007 3:12pm
 
Hmm and here's me thinking it was to do with a 90s girly pop band.
 
Re: All Saints Day. by geordiegirl on 1 November 2007 7:14pm
 
What an awful storyt, Mike. Wrong link, but wanted to tell you: our Mexican-born friend Ric is holding a Day of the Dead 'party' (or commemoration, or whatever, on Saturday night. He's making this a bit of a political fundraiser - no problem - so I will at last see for myself exactly what happens. He's explained about altars (he & Colin have made some) and photos and knowing Ric the food will be sensational. Will you be attending anything?
 
Re: All Saints Day. by tucsonmike on 3 November 2007 3:12am
 
No, I had to work, and most of the Mexicans I know are very private. Extended family and all that.

In the famous wreck, Malbone Streets' name was changed to Empire Blvd, so painful were the memories. The tunnel where it happened still exists, but trains have not run in it for years. It is considered haunted. (For a long time, it was a popular hangout for junkies to shoot up).
 
Re: All Saints Day. by geordiegirl on 4 November 2007 4:03pm
 
Well I attended my Day of the Dead - Ric had created so much art/craft - paper flowers, skulls, etc. we should have had a Private View before the party itself. He too said the 'communal' thing is only usually an open-air service at a local cemetary & the rest is in houses (he's from San Jose, which is California, yes?)
 
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