09 July 2009

The Long Goodbye

On this day in 1948, Clark Gable delayed the Queen Mary's departure by 18 minutes while he said adieu to his current love interest, the ex-Mrs. Howard Hawks [pictured with Gable as they say their goodbyes]. According to the L.A. Times, it "threw pier officials in[to] a dither." He was headed for a six-week vacation in France and Italy. While aboard, Gable took the honors in the skeet-shooting contest. He may have also run into another notable--Kay Kyser, orchestra leader, was on his way to England.

Los Angeles Times
Chicago Daily Tribune

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