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Old 09-11-2006, 10:08 AM
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Virginia Bennett was still working for Greene Line in '66, and I think her role was that of bookkeeper along with other duties. She was a longtime and faithful servant, but her employment did not survive the takeover of the new regime in 1969. Dorothea ran the gift shop on the DQ in '66, also the first year that Roddy Hammett began working on the boat. Roddy and Dorothea got into many adventures during shore stops and one of their favorites was being allowed to roam all over the Goldenrod Showboat at St. Louis. Capts. Bill and Charlie Menke were still living on board, as was actress Blanche Forbes, who had been on the boat since 1937. Dorothea recalled Roddy staring into a very old mirror in a dressing room behind the stage and wondering if it might be the same one used by comedian Red Skelton, who got his start on the showboat -- and who never failed to come down and visit with Capt. Menke when passing through St. Louis. Again, the "good old days" of Greene Line and the great people who made it so!
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