Kelley Atherton, The Triplicate

June 1 will be a night to remember the Titanic - not the actual ship or its sinking, but rather the people aboard who lived or died.

Local resident Scott Rogers will be telling these stories during "Titantic: A Remembrance" at 6 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 224 F St.

Rogers is passionate about history and became interested in the story of the Titanic when the movie about the disaster came out in 1997.

The RMS Titanic sailed from Southampton, England, on its way to New

York City on April 10, 1912, and sank five days later after hitting an


Rogers said that the focus of Titanic recollections always seems to

be its contruction or its remains in the Atlantic, but "you lose the

people - 1,500 people didn't make it through the night; 2,200 started


He noted that in the movie "Titanic," director James Cameron went to

great lengths to replicate the ship as much as possible, but changed the

facts about what happened to the people on it.

There's Isidor Straus and his wife Ida, who are protrayed in the

movie as lying on a bed together as the Titanic sinks. Ida did refuse to

get on a lifeboat to stay with her husband until their death, but they

sat on the deck holding hands until the end, Rogers said.

"She stands by his side on the deck and refuses to get on the boat,"

he said. Ida was heard to say, "We've been together all these many

years, where you will go, I go."

This beautiful moment of devotion is left out of the movie, Rogers

said, and is just one example of the Titanic passangers' compelling


"Powerful, heartbreaking stories played out on the deck of the Titantic," he said.

When faced with the "unthinkable," some people acted foolishly while others acted courageously, Rogers said.

"There are a lot of compelling stories," he said. "It's a different

look at the Titantic than anyone has ever seen. The Titanic is the stage

on which the story plays out."

Last April 15 was the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking.

Rogers was invited to give a sermon at the Church of the Nazerne at the

time, and Friday, June 1, will be an encore.

The 45-minute sermon will include references to Bible scriptures and

it will be like a memorial service, as it's a chance to remember those

whose lives were lost, Rogers said, but that shouldn't deter people who

are interested in learning about the people who were on the Titanic.

"There's an element of faith," he said. "It gives meaning to what played out."

Rogers grew up in Kern County, and moved to Crescent City years ago

to work as a correctional officer at Pelican Bay State Prison - he's

also a motivational speaker.

Remembering the events on the night the Titanic sank can make people

think about what they would do in a similar situation and how they want

to live their lives, he said.

"Nothing makes you appreciate today more than losing all of your tomorrows," Rogers said.

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andbull; WHAT: "Titanic: A Remembrance"

andbull; WHEN: June 1, 6 p.m.

andbull; WHERE: Church of the Nazarene, 224 F St.