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Latest News, Deals & Savings for Sept. 7

Autry Museum celebrating Bonanza’s 50th anniversary, Holland America Line will offer cruising vacations to the Hawaiian Island chain in 2010, and Personality Hotels offering San Francisco“Vertigo-Go Package.”

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Public Invited to Autry Center's Salute to Bonanza's 50th Anniversary

A 50th anniversary salute to the television show Bonanza, and announcement of a major archive acquisition by the Autry Center of Bonanza material from David Dortort, the show's creator, will take place Sept. 20, 2009 at the museum in Los Angeles.

"Bonanza Day" will celebrate the show's 50th anniversary and highlight the career achievements of its creator, David Dortort, who will be in attendance.
The event features a viewing of the series' best episodes, starring Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, and Michael Landon, and special film clips in the Imagination Gallery's Western Legacy Theater. The viewing of selected Bonanza episodes will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Western Legacy Theater.

Jeffrey Richardson, the museum's assistant curator of Film and Popular Culture, will moderate a panel discussion addressing the history, making, and filming of Bonanza.

The panel of speakers will feature series regular Mitch Vogel, who played "Jamie Cartwright;" Kent McCray, Bonanza production supervisor; and Andrew J. Klyde Esq., an archivist and historian, executive producer of the DVD set Bonanza: The Official First Season (which will be released in North America on Sept. 15, 2009), and an attorney for Bonanza Ventures.

The panel discussion and official donation presentation will begin at 3:15 p.m. and will be free with museum admission.

Adding to the Autry's significant popular culture collections, the David Dortort Archive offers researchers a close look at the business of Western entertainment and the role played by producer and writer David Dortort, creator of the television series Bonanza and The High Chaparral.

Containing primary and secondary resources such as correspondence, draft and final scripts, audience rating records, awards, photographs, periodicals, and reference books, the archive documents the history and influence of Western television shows. When fully processed, the David Dortort Archive will be accessible to the public online in the library catalog and Collections Online, the Autry's digital database, and available for research through the Autry Library.

The financial donation will assist in preserving the items so that future generations can benefit from the documents and material in perpetuity. In addition, part of Dortort's collection, including the original hand-written pilot for Bonanza, has been and will continue to be displayed in the Autry's Imagination Gallery.

"The David Dortort Archive is a significant gift to the Autry as it provides a rare glimpse into television history that the Autry can now make accessible to the general public and researchers," said John Gray, president and CEO of the Autry.

"In addition, generations to come will take note of his business sense," he added. "From his astute strategy of filming Bonanza in color to his continued merchandising savvy, he has achieved what few individuals have ever accomplished and taught long-lasting lessons with wholesome values in the process."

To date, Bonanza continues to influence countless individuals and is one of the longest-running and most beloved television series in history. The High Chaparral, with its culturally diverse cast, was ahead of its time and presented a kind of Western ranch life that was more complicated than generalized heroics and slapstick antics.

Admission is $9 for adults, $5 for students and seniors 60+, $3 for children 3-12, and free for Autry members, veterans, and children 2 and under. Admission is free on the second Tuesday of every month.

For more information visit the museun's Web site at

Holland America Plans Hawaiian Islands Cruising in Fall 2010

Holland America Line will offer cruising vacations to the Hawaiian Island chain in 2010 with Circle Hawaii itineraries that offer guests the best of both worlds: luxuriously relaxing days at sea and exotic islands to explore.

The 1,432-passenger ship ms Zaandam will sail five 14-day roundtrip San Diego, Calif., cruises and one 15-day voyage from Vancouver, British Colombia, to San Diego. The sailings are from October through December 2010.

Nestled between two stretches of sea days are back-to-back calls at Hawaii, Oahu, Kauai and Maui - plus a call at Ensenada, Mexico - before returning to San Diego. Included in the Hawaii cruise roster is a holiday sailing departing Dec. 19, 2010.

"Our Hawaiian itineraries will combine the appeal of warm-water cruising and a port-intensive Pacific island experience," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs, Holland America Line. "Guests will have time to enjoy our shipboard amenities and activities, and the convenience of visiting four ports in four days without multiple flights or the packing and unpacking associated with island hopping."

Departing Sundays from San Diego, guests will have several relaxing days at sea before arriving at Hawaii. During this time, they can enjoy a day at the Greenhouse Spa, channel their inner chef at the Culinary Arts Center for a hands-on cooking class or attend a Digital Workshop powered by Windows to learn how to share memorable photos taken on the voyage. The Speaker Series offers exciting insights into upcoming ports and includes destination-related topics such as Polynesian music and dance traditions.

The first port call will be to Hilo on the big island of Hawaii where guests can visit one of Hawaii's best-known landmarks, Kilauea Volcano, with its impressive molten lava flows. Other highlights include world-class botanical gardens and the awe-inspiring Akaka Falls.

Cruise fares begin at $1,499 per person for the full 14-day Circle Hawaii and $1,699 per person for the 15-day voyage.

For a cruise brochure or for more information on Holland America Line's Grand Voyages, consult a professional travel agent, call (800) 522-3399 or visit

Personality Hotels Offering San Francisco ‘Vertigo-Go Package'

Feeling spontaneous? Craving some adventure? Then pack your suitcase and get ready to take a whirlwind trip around San Francisco, all in less than 24-hours with Personality Hotels' "Vertigo-Go Package."

The "Vertigo-Go Package" allows thrill-seekers to:

  • Live like a movie star in a spacious Vertigo Suite at the metropolitan-chic Hotel Vertigo (just like the character Madeleine from Hitchcock's 1958 thriller Vertigo). Complimentary in-room Madeleine cookies will deliver the perfect sugar-surge.
  • Take the ride of your life while seeing some of San Francisco's top attractions aboard the super-speedy Rocket Boat. This 70-foot powerboat zooms around the San Francisco Bay, whizzing to the spectacular AT+T Park, the infamous Alcatraz, Pier 39's "sea-lebrities," aka sea lions, and many sites in-between (package includes tickets for two people)
  • Get the party started with two complimentary "Vertigo" cocktails at the swanky cocktail lounge Rye
  • Party like a rock star with VIP entry for two to posh party-spot Ambassador
  • Get dizzy with excitement exploring San Francisco's best places to get Vertigo (hang on tight)

The Vertigo-Go Package" is currently valid through Oct. 31, 2009. Rates start at $179 per night, excluding tax and based upon availability. For reservations, call (800) 553-1900 or visit www.personalityhotels.com. Established in 1982 as San Francisco's first boutique hotel company, Personality Hotels is the largest privately owned boutique hotel operator in The City.