A Night to Remember by John B. Manbeck
A few weeks ago, I gave a talk on "The Neighborhoods of Brooklyn" to The University Club of Long Island.
Before the event, I was seated at a table with Barbara Rodman Wilson, who was answering questions about a
She piqued my interest when she said that she had spent a night in a leaky lifeboat in 1939. I looked at this woman of 96, who possessed such a sharp mind, and I remembered a Hitchcock film, Lifeboat --- a film that I later learned she refused to see --- and the opening scene of a more recent film, Titanic, in which an old woman recounts her story of the sinking of an ocean liner.