Judy, you are really taxing my memory when it comes to names of the crew. I know Jim Sedgwick was one of the Pursers. There was another young fellow who was there just one season and had worked on the Independence Cruise ship in Hawaii and fancied himself as being of Scotish heritage. I have been trying to remember his name for a long time but cannot. I do remember him scolding Amy one day for running through the Forward Cabin Lounge and I thought I would just have to kill him but she stopped, apologized, and slowly walked away. I dug out the box of memorabila from the attic a couple of months ago and rediscovered stuff that I saved from that trip. I wish that I had saved more. I saved 2 copies of the Captain's Dinner Menu. I gave one copy to Toots when the DQ was in Nashville this year. Maybe she will give you a look the next time you are on board. She showed it to the Chief Steward and they were suprised at how little it has changed. The menu was as follows: Garden Relish Tray, Louisiana Shrimp Cocktail, Roast Prime Rib of Beef au jus with Horseradish Sauce or Filet of Lemon Sole Broiled in Butter, Green Peas and Mushrooms, Steamboat Baked Potato with Sour Cream and Chives, Hearts of Lettuce Salad, Choice of Dressing, Pecan Pie or Creme de Menthe Parfait, Coffee, Decaffeniated Coffee, Hot Tea, Iced Tea, or Milk. The menu cover had special gold lettering added under the name Steamboat Delta Queen, Presidential Cruise, August 17-24, 1979.
Here is something that I found just now while digging out the menu. Robert Mosier, President of the company sent this letter to all the crew the week after the cruise:
Dear Delta Queen Crewmember:
To quote Mr. Millard, you performed with style under pressure of hosting the first family last week.
The collective impact of your superior performance during a period when so much national attention was focused on the Delta Queen has made an immeasurable impact on our future. We were afforded a great opportunity and significant challenge, and you impressively rose to the occasion. Thank you for a job well done.
In response to these extraordinary circumstances, I am pleased to enclose a check for an additional weeks pay. It was an impressive performance in all areas. Keep up the good work.
signed R. P. Mosier
That was the first, last, and ONLY bonus that I have received from ANY company that I have EVER worked for.