Category Archives: Queen Mary

The goal of this undertaking is to fully optimize the revenues and value of the RMS Queen Mary

Queen Mary Theme Circle

One picture worth a thousand words? Please view the Queen Circle Image (below); then return to this page, scroll down, and see remarks that “de-code” the image. Read the rest of this entry

Queen Mary – Owner’s and Foundation On-Board Tasks


To undertake within 180 days a comprehensive review together with timetables, budgets, means and methods, and to implement any and all that are (collectively) agreed upon and “do-able” within this time period. The specifics include these:

  • To diligently work toward those tasks necessary for the Queen Mary to become “The Brightest Star in the Maritime Galaxy”…….. ‘As iconic as the Eiffel Tower; as respected as Stanford; as fun as a Barnum & Bailey Circus.’
  • To seize (and/or improve) opportunities that fit comfortably within the Queen’s present operations.
  • To vastly improve the Queen’s image in the “Maritime Museum Galaxy” starting with cooperative agreements with Google’s Cultural Heritage, their work in Paris and London, and Google’s Cultural Exhibitions. Learn more here
  • To put forward and hold “world class” conferences featuring those deeply involved in maters of global concern. In particular to concentrate on those individuals with global recognition doing superb work to preserve and protect the Ocean. (See Sylvia Earle Bio)
  • To comprehensively detail that which is necessary for the Queen to deliver, the streaming/on line technology which would make good the promise of World Class Conferences; World Class Auctions; World Class Award Stage; World Class Maritime Museum”.  Model: Stanford .
  • To involve the Aspen Institute with the idea to hold conferences on behalf of their 2,500 Society of Aspen Fellows – and to set in motion something similar: “A Society of “Friends and Fellows of the Queen.
  • To define and, if possible, implement, outreach to school age youths (along the lines of Stanford/Tennis operations) – but in this case to involve the yacht/sailing community. (The Sir Peter Blake/ “Red Socks” Element.) Learn more here
  • To define and if possible implement an “Auction Plan “based on a viable “partnership” with a major auction House (such as Sotheby’s or Christies).
  • To define and if possible to implement arrangements with Massive Open On-line Courses (MOOC’s), by far the most sparkling example of how education is undergoing radical change. Learn more here
  • To begin the implementation of the Luminary Room Campaign, “setting the stage” to “light up the Queen as an exciting, intellectual Gathering Point” — (Model: The Davos Economic Forum) Learn more here
  • To undertake the study – and if possible – recruiting volunteer, principally from students in education community. (But also to include seniors and others from the yachting community.)



Silicon Valley – Silicon Beach

The four days l spent last week at Stanford and the heavy dose of extraordinary wealth on high display from San Jose to San Francisco causes me to believe deeply in the ‘thought-connection’ between Silicon Valley and Silicon Beach.

The hard fact is there is substantial merit to tying charitable activities on the RMS Queen Mary with the larger vision of Silicon Beach. Doing so would widen its appeal (especially to help disadvantaged youngsters) and narrow resistance to “gifting for a ‘floating, for-profit hotel’. Big upsides for everyone.
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Real Life Lesson about Mind Sets

As a young man, in 1968, the trading company I worked for  “parachuted” me into Seoul, Korea. With over 100 years of trading experience and offices all over the Far East, it was time, they said, to “open up” in Seoul.   The instructions were simple – ‘John, you have about six months to pay for yourself and those you hire; do what you wish, but pick your opportunities very carefully.”
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Queen Mary History

The RMS Queen Mary celebrated her eightieth birthday late in 2014. She’s a remarkable vessel with over 1,000 Atlantic Crossings with passengers that included Kings and Queens, Prime Ministers and Presidents, tycoons, engineers, scientists, attorneys, artists, dreamers and schemers — and the dreadfully poor (loaded with hope for a better life in America).

The Queen weights in at 82,000 tons and is bigger than the Titanic. In 1969 she was “decommissioned” and sold to the City of Long Beach.  To learn more about the Queen, please visit her website

Isaacson on Collaboration

Walter Isaacson has a great deal to say about the genius of collaboration. Brilliantly expressed in his brand new book, The Innovators.

As Founder of the Aspen Institute and its Society of Fellows and Aspen Idea Festival, Walt looms large in our target sights.  More later.