Port of Missing Men" has a romantic sound to it, so a lot of people have
used it for a lot of things:
term is often used as a euphemism for death in poetry and
The Port of Missing Men is a
that several harbor towns have taken upon themselves. San Francisco,
Halifax and Anchorage, for example.
1907 -- Meredith Nicholsonpublished the novel The
Port of Missing Men. Much of the action is set on
the hero's 2,000 acre estate in Virginia called "The Port of
Missing Men." The explanation as to why it was called that seems
rather thin. It's in Chapter XII -- check it out.
1908 -- Inspired by the novel, Henry B. Anderson named a hunting
loge in Westchester NY, "The Port of Missing Men."
1914 -- Francis Powers directed a silent film based on Nicholson's
1943 Percival Christopher
Wren , probably best known for Beau Geste, publishes Port of Missing Men -- Strange Tales of the Foreign Legion.
"...a book containing the
strange stories of ten men of the Legion." If you compare the
stories to those coming out or Iraq today, you can see that
history indeed repeats.
1950 -- R.G. Springsteen directed a movie "The Port of Missing Men"
1952 -- René Prud Hommeaux
published The Port of Missing Men,
a Hardy Boys-like adventure
story that featured three spunky teens and a dog foiling an international
plot on a property strikingly similar to Anderson's hunting lodge.
1952 -- Cavalcade of America (radio show) presented "A Port of
Missing Men" starring Loretta Young.
1989 -- Mary-Ann Tirone Smith published The Port of Missing Men.
"An Olympic swimmer travels the world with her mother, looking for
love and perfection."
Taber's Port o' Missing Men in the early to mid 1950's. Revere
Beach, the first public beach in the US, is about 50 yards in
front of the gentleman leaning against the fence. The entrance
to the bar was at the far left, just beyond the edge of the
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My Dad, "Old Al" around 1932 when he was a high
school football hero in Revere, Massachusetts. He went on to play
college ball for LaSalle under his real name, Elmer Taber, and pro
ball under the pseudonym Al Brady. After a while, people started
calling him "Good Old Al" then eventually "Old Al."
Taber's Port o' Missing Men was
the name of my father's ill-fated bar
on Revere Beach in Massachusetts. The tag line printed on his matchbooks
and cocktail napkins was, "If You Drive Your Man to Drink, Drive Him
"The joint," as Old
Al (my Dad) called it was of little note nor long remembered, but in the
late 1950's it provided myself and my brother a cool, shady spot to hide
from the beach sun; a place where we could get endless amounts of free
ginger ale; an inexhaustible source of maraschino cherries. It had
honest-to-gosh sawdust on the floor.
In my memory the
place is an amalgam of flickering neon signs; cool, moist, darkness;
50's music blaring out of cheap speakers and a distinctive smell which I
later found out was the smell of beer.
To this very day, as
I lift a glass of beer to my face for that very first sip, for just a
moment I'm transported back through the years to the cool darkness of
Taber's Port of Missing Men.
to me, that doesn't make sense for a hunting lodge. It would have made
more sense if he named his lodge something else and called the veranda
"The Porch of Missing Men."
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