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Jeraldine Saunders- The Creator Of The Love Boat–A Legendary Maverick’s Dream Boat- Living The Dream!

Many people sigh, as they ponder life in the fast lane, on easy street, on the other side of the rainbow, on the other side where it is always greener. But few have ever synthesized the arduous terrain, through which the so-called “GOT IT MADERS”, who have endured soul scorching tribulations, such as poverty, and seemingly insurmountable challenges, have endured and overcome to get to “THE PROMISED LAND”. The life led by the legendary Jeraldine Saunders, the creator of the internationally acclaimed and legendary monster smash hit tv show, now in syndication in over 177 countries, “THE LOVE BOAT”, has been anything but a pleasure cruise, as she was not born with a silver spoon in her mouth. Reared by a mom,  a single parent, facing the seemingly impossible deed, without the aid of WELFARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY——-as it didn’t exist yet——-during THE GREAT DEPRESSION,  of raising 5 children, including Jeraldine, as the untimely death of her husband, had placed their family smack dead in the path of life’s furious and tumultuous waves and its never ending earthquake-like and hurricane jarring scenarios, transformed Jeraldine Saunders into a “grunt”, an infantry-like foot soldier, in life’s hand in mouth, mortal combat nightmare, as her mom schooled her in “the  how to overcome life’s seemingly insurmountable obstacles, with a dynamic which, in my opinion is best characterized as the “getting blood out of a rock technique”.

No staff or rod, which Moses had used to lead the Israelite through the desert, but yet just as potent a weapon, Jeraldine’s mom harnessed  the powers of her mind, soul and faith—-as she  said, according to Jeraldine, “Where there is a will there is a way”, and she either invented or used a little known technique  to keep her family afloat. Even today, with schools and real estate firms most people still cannot do it. Her tool is known today as “THE ACRONYM FLIPPING”–It consists of buying, fixing up a property and selling it for a profit. Jeraldine’s family rode this wave of ingenuity throughout their early lives, over life’s crests, of childhood, over puberty and high school and all the way into  adulthood, and they moved again and again via these very heady ripples until they were old enough to stay afloat , surviving life’s tsunami’s and deluges.

It is no wonder that Jeraldine acquired the tenacious perseverance and pitbull like qualities which have sustained her well into her twilight years—and yet retained the beauty and the qualities of a young girl. I liken what Jeraldine Saunders has done to this very funny FICTIONAL example—though Jeraldine has made it into a reality. Envision the very successful Seinfeld comedy show, regarded as one of the most successful, comedic and endearing shows of all  times, with its seemingly outlandish scenarios of Its characters George Castanza and Jerry Seinfeld. Two shows come to mind; one, in which, George said that what he has been doing has not been working so he decided to flip his modus-operandi and do just the opposite and yes everything turned out well and hilariously so. Another show involved both George and Jerry pitching their ideas, about a show “about nothing” to big wig executives at NBC. Yes hilariously it worked! But in the real world one must have degrees, fit the part, especially if one is an actor or a model, and in those days a woman “knew her place” and—or so it was believed—–and had to be very very well educated and skilled to take over a man’s duties———-Jeraldine obliterated these so-called written in granite truths and became a world-class model, worked with the most famous fashion moguls and she also, though not proficient in either Italian or Spanish, which is a prerequisite in becoming a cruise ship director, became the world’s 1st female cruise ship director!! Saunders, according to her website–quote– at love boat lady—— writes “Omarr’s Astrological Forecast,” a column with a daily readership in the millions. The column, originally created by astrologer Sydney Omarr, is syndicated by Tribune Media Services to hundreds of newspapers throughout the United States and internationally. The original “Love Boat” cruise director, Jeraldine is known worldwide for her books, lectures and civic activities.  She has published 11 books and has appeared on more than 850 other TV and radio talk shows worldwide.  She serves as national spokesperson for the Hypoglycemia Foundation of America and is affiliated with the American Federation of Astrologers; Poets, Essayists, and Novelists; Film Welfare League; Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists; Academy of Television Arts & Science; and the International College of Applied Nutrition. Jeraldine also lectures worldwide on astrology, graphology, numerology, palmistry and face-reading.  After a career as a model, Jeraldine took a job lecturing on astrology, motivation and the four-seasons color concept on cruise ships before becoming the industry’s first female cruise director.  She turned this decade-long experience into a book, then later parlayed that into a television series, “The Love Boat,” currently in syndication in over 110 countries.’  Just like George and Jerry she willed it to be and it was; Proving fantasy is in fact reality!!

The one hit wonder group of the 70”s The Hughes Corporation had a monster smash hit called, “ROCK THE BOAT”. In this song the singers say “Don’t Rock the Boat”. Jeraldine has not only rocked the boat but, via her strong willed ingenuity, she has become an author–though she has dyslexia—, an astrologer, model, and creator of “The Love Boat”. While on her many cruises which Jeraldine stated  “consisted of brutally long hours with little or no sleep, she took notes. These notes were  mailed  to her mom, and her agent. Next along with a wing and a prayer, and the help of the incredibly famous entertainment mogul, Aaron Spelling—90201 fame—, Jeraldine Saunders gave birth to the creation of not only the monster hit series “The Love Boat”, but also  a couple of movies about her experiences on her cruises. She explained to me, “People  would lose their inhibitions once they got out to sea”.

The legendary singer Elton John described, and immortalized Marilyn Monroe, in the hit song, “CANDLE IN THE WIND” as such: ‘ Goodbye Norma Jean. I hope you have peace now….. When the rain set in….. And I would have liked to have known you. But I was just a kid Your candle burned out long before Your legend ever did.’ Looking extremely, like a dead ringer for, Norma Jean—Marilyn Monroe—Jeraldine has been living her life life a nuclear bomb, whose candles can neither be extinguished by rain nor water. her life is extraordinarily an example of what the human spirit can do. Her life calls to mind the Police’s 70’s hit song, “WE ARE SPIRITS IN A MATERIAL WORLD”!



Jeraldine has survived, surely with her mom’s help, poverty, the death of her beloved daughter, Gail to a little known affliction, at the time, called Hyperglycemia. She fell in love with Authur Andrews when she landed off of a boat and she is still going strong. I don’t know about you but Jeraldine Saunders can rock my boat anytime. She is a survivor and a real life living legend. Jeraldine wrote a book, along with Dr.Harvey Ross, entitled, “The Book Your Doctor Won’t Treat:Hypoglycemia”, helping millions. Jeraldine, prompted by love for her daughter,  said that her daughter’s death made her educate and help hypoglycemic victims.

Strangely enough. after Jeraldine retired she created and sailed again via what she hailed as an “ASTROLOGY CRUISE”, which almost proved to be her farewell, final voyage. On June 6, 1973, a former all-star pro baseball player named Gerald  “Jerry ” Priddy planted two bombs on board Jeraldine’s ship, “The Island Princess”,  and demanded $250,000—— Why would a man who some say had Hall of Fame credentials, having played 11 years in major league baseball—playing 2 years for the Yankees beginning in 1941;  3 for the  Washington Senators, 2 for  the St Louis Browns  4 for the Detroit Tigers; avearge a  lifetime  .265 lifetime batting average and a .973 fielding percentage; played for both the Army during World War II and in the  Pacific Coast League, do such a hideous thing?. He retired in 1956. Jeraldine always said that people lose their inhibitions when boarding a cruise ship but extortion, and murder from a big league baseball player? Are you kidding me? Priddy was arrested as the FBI caught him when he tried to pick up the $250, 000. Meanwhile, the guests onboard the Princess Cruise line were well out to sea and this could have been an incredible tragedy. Looks like she managed to rock Priddy’s world in a cold-blooded and real way yes? Maybe her astrological powers combined with God to save everyone. According to Jeraldine’s book, which  launched all of her superstardom, “LOVE BOATS”, both bombs were found. According to Saunders, on page 307 of her book the Love Boats, 2nd paragraph, ‘The information on the time that the bombs were to go off and their general location was obtained from the man who planted them for ransom purposes. He was caught when he picked up the $75, 000 ransom paid by the ship’s owners. He told the FBI tht one of the bombs was on  the bridge and another under the kitchen somewhere. He wasn’t familiar with the ships and couldn’t explain just where’.

So in conclusion it is interesting that Saunders said that Priddy got 20 years and got $75, 000 and some says  $250, 0000. One thing that  is certain is that you best not rock Jeraldine’s boat because she is the real deal “Hollyfield, and she “aint  no Joke. For all of her stardom she is the most down to earth person that one could ever meet. She has  proven what her mom taught her; that where there is a will there is a way. Also she proved what my mom has said too, ‘Necessity is the mother of invention”. Now as funk guitatist -singer Johny Guitar Watson used to say,’ LawdNow that’s a real Mutha for ya’!!

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I was born in Fountainbleu in Paris France to an army family. My father ,Ruben Smith, and my mother Nancy Smith, worked for the Army and as a school teacher in France, respectively.We are originally from the South. My father’s people from Misissippi and Alabama and my mom’s from South Carolina. I am an avid sports fan and I attended and played sports----football, wresting, and track----- at Bishop England High School, in Charleston, South Carolina; my mom chose both a Catholic high school and an elementary school, Immaculate Conception, for my sister and I. Initially, I wasted a lot of time in school pursuing sports and partying but nevertheless,I went to the College of Charleston, The University of South Carolina, where I majored in Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations, with a minor in Theatre and Speech. I finally graduated from The University of Redlands, in Redlands, CA with a degree in business management. I managed to get into SAG-AFTRA, mostly as an extra, but I have done an occasional speaking stint here and there—CD-ROMs, experimental and industrial films, and voice overs in radio. My most recent endeavor was playing a doctor on "Grey's Anatomy". I like horror, love, thrillers, and I like to read. Weightliftingand jogging are some of my hobbies also. Interestingly enough, my family prepared me for a life on the move, as I have been to every state in The USA except for Alaska and Hawaii. I have an older sister who chose the teaching profession and is doing quite fine. What was i like as a child? Well I tend to think that I existed and flourished within "a culture of hate"--------however South Carolina has ceased and desisted with both "The jim Crow Laws' and flying the Confederate Flag------------I witnessed "colored only" bathrooms, and was in establishments where the Klan showed up. I stayed at hotels where my family and I found pounds of raw CHITTERLINS---hogs guts----- at our doorstep!! But don't get me wrong, as despite these ugly truths about the South, I grew up with some very cool whites, mexicans, Filipino's and other races. But it is what it is. It has Metamorphosized into being a cultural and real estate melting pot, as many from other states are recently flocking there for the cheaper home prices, very stable, safer lifestyle and "bible belt" mentality, and affordable education. I too have Metamorphosized , as I am not the militant little athletic, and partying freak I used to be and have settled into writing for Cold Heat News and assisting We Care for Humanity with their charitable functions. Consequently, I am pretty much a normal army brat who has realized that life is what you make it and people and things are subject to change. So change with life and let by gones be by gones. My dad has since passed away, and my mom and sister and most of my cousins are still alive, but their positive,significant influence, along with the impact my elementary and high school friends have had on me continues on;infact, I believe, where it not for my childhood friends, my high school football Coach Jack Cantey and occasional teenage battles with my dad, I would have become a gang member! Thus my personal manifesto is, Live hard, party when it is time, and utilize both education, and Love for God, and know that FAMILY AND FRIENDS are most important;They're one's conduit for a viable and happy life. ALSO, A FRIEND IN NEED IS A FRIEND---NOT A "FAIR WEATHER"------INDEED.

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