CONSULTANTS AND HISTORIANS

These are the people helping us to achieve and maintain the highest standard of accuracy we can muster in the course of working on the project. Our core consultants assist us in modeling the ship and getting the details right, in addition to various historical details. Our support consultants assist in a wide variety of project matters, including details of the ship, history, and other things of use to us. Our character consultants are relatives of Titanic passengers and crew who assist us in our recreations of those people. Our development consultants are people with expertise in various areas of programming and game development who advise us on those matters. Some of our consultants are historians, researchers, and authors who have contributed greatly to our collective knowledge of the Titanic and her story, including the exploration of the wreck, and some are well known and active contributors within the Titanic community. It's a privilege to have every one of these people aboard.

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CORE CONSULTANTS

Daniel Klistorner

Ken Marschall

Bill Sauder

Parks Stephenson


SUPPORT CONSULTANTS

William Brower, Jr.

Daniel Allen Butler

Tad Fitch

Joshua Noble

Daniel Smith

Bill Wormstedt


CHARACTER CONSULTANTS

 

Angelica Harris

Dr. Douglas B. Willingham

 

CONSULTANT BIOGRAPHIES

Artist Ken Marschall is best known for bringing Titanic back to life with his many magnificent, haunting paintings of the liner. Since the late 1960s, what started as a hobby evolved into a far-reaching and fulfilling career. He has been repeatedly asked to portray this most famous of ships from almost every angle, taking pride in making each photo-realistic creation unique.

The team is honored to have his amazing attention to detail helping build our version of the digital ship of dreams.

To satisfy his drive for accuracy and detail, Ken has amassed one of the most extensive archives of reference plans and photographs anywhere. His familiarity with the ship has made him much in demand for consultation on everything from model kits to motion pictures, documentaries, and other projects too numerous to count. Paintings have been commissioned or are in the collections of such notables as the late Walter Lord, the late astronaut Neil Armstrong, Robert Ballard, James Cameron, the National Geographic Society, and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery, and his art has been featured in numerous books and on the covers of Time, Life, National Geographic and many others.

Ken has illustrated many books by explorer Robert Ballard and accompanied him on expeditions to Lusitania and Britannic. He descended twice in a mini-sub to Lusitania and spent nearly 48 hours exploring Britannic in the U.S. Navy’s nuclear research submarine NR-1.

The artist’s impressive work in the New York Times best-selling book Titanic: An Illustrated History inspired Writer/Director James Cameron, someone else who wanted to bring Titanic back to life––not on canvas but on film. Ken’s knowledge of the ship’s appearance earned him the position of Visual Historian for the sets and miniatures where he worked closely with Cameron’s team, opening his photographic library and sharing artifacts from his personal collection with set designers, model builders and prop makers to enable the best accuracy possible. The influence of Ken’s paintings and expertise can be seen throughout Cameron’s stunning motion picture which went on to win a record-tying 11 Academy Awards®.

In the summer of 2000 Ken made his first dive to Titanic. The following year he accompanied James Cameron to explore Titanic for the large-format 3-D film Ghosts of the Abyss. Ken assisted in dive planning and dissecting the imagery brought back by the two mini-rovers that explored deep inside the wreck for the first time. In 2005 he was again asked to join Cameron on a Titanic expedition, this one documented in the Discovery Channel’s Last Mysteries of the Titanic, and made his sixth dive to the wreck. Ken also spent many years as a visual effects artist for the film industry and television. His work is immortalized in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, The Terminator, Stand by Me, The Princess Bride, Baby Boom, The Josephine Baker Story, Roswell, and many others. He shared in an Emmy® Award for his many matte paintings in The Winds of War.


Daniel developed a fascination with the Titanic in the early 1990’s upon reading a newspaper article about an expedition to the wreck. This original interest was followed by a complete immersion in researching the ship, with a focus on passengers and their life and experience aboard Titanic. Having established his interest and research in passengers, this paved the way to a detailed study of passenger accommodations and interior spaces of Olympic and Titanic.

Daniel has an extensive collections of Olympic, Titanic, and White Star Line memorabilia, including plans, booklets, brochures, magazines, ephemera and photographs. His knack for detail and extensive research has been paramount in his comprehensive understanding of Olympic and Titanic's passenger areas, interiors and fittings. It was for this reason he was asked to contribute as co-author to Titanic: The Ship Magnificent. He is also the lead author of Titanic in Photographs and regularly consults on the subject to the media, auction houses, exhibitions and museums around the world.

Daniel is an avid traveller and has combined his two passions - travel and research - on a number of occasions traveling through Europe, UK and USA. He lives in Sydney, Australia and is always working on some Titanic-related projects, which also includes consulting to the Titanic: Honor and Glory team.


A retired naval officer, Parks Stephenson has qualified in both ballistic-missile submarines and the E-2C Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft. His final years on active duty were spent commanding a deployed tactical air control squadron detachment during amphibious operations in the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf operating areas. After his retirement from active duty, Commander Stephenson joined Hughes Aircraft as a Naval Systems Engineer. He spent 17 years — first with Hughes, then

Raytheon, and finally Lockheed Martin — building combat systems for naval ships and integrated command-and-control systems for national defense.

Parks has had a long association with Titanic. As a young teen, he was attracted to the story after watching the 1953 Titanic and reading Walter Lord’s A Night To Remember. In the late 1990s, he became a contributing member of the Marine Forensic Panel (SD-7), chartered by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) to evaluate the forensic evidence from shipwrecks, like Titanic. His authorship of two monographs on Titanic’s Marconi wireless telegraph apparatus brought him to the attention of filmmaker and explorer James Cameron, who employed Parks as a technical adviser for Ghosts of the Abyss.

Parks Stephenson with James Cameron on set of Ghosts of the Abyss.

Parks taught himself the art of computer-generated modeling in order to re-create the ship’s interiors for the film’s companion book. Cameron brought him back for Discovery Channel’s Last Mysteries of the Titanic expedition (where Parks fine-tuned the use of CG models as forensic tools in the continuing exploration of the wreck’s interior) and National Geographic’s Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron. He’s also been an adviser for both the History Channel (including Titanic Tech, Titanic’s Final Moments: Missing Pieces, Titanic’s Achilles Heel, and Titanic’s Tragic Sister) and National Geographic Channel (the Titanic episode of the Seconds From Disaster series). Parks dove to the Titanic wreck in Russian submersible Mir 1 in 2005, participated as dive adviser and principal historian during the 2006 and 2009 expeditions to the Britannic wreck, and successfully pitched the 2009 PBS/NOVA documentary, Killer Subs in Pearl Harbor, where he was featured as the lead investigator for the U.S.-Japanese team that found and identified the final Japanese midget submarine that participated in the Pearl Harbor attack. For the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster, Parks was the lead investigator for History’s Titanic at 100: Mystery Solved, which put him aboard the 2010 RMST/WHOI expedition to the wrecksite. Most recently, he was a co-author of a book (publication May 2013) about James Cameron’s Titanic expeditions.

Parks has a special interest in historical research and forensic re-construction, specializing in military and maritime areas where he can apply his personal experience. In addition to a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Science from the U.S. Naval Academy, he holds a Masters in Political Science degree from Auburn University. Parks lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Tamara, and two children.


Bill Sauder’s first job in 1978 was as a tour guide on the Queen Mary in Long Beach California. His interest in ocean liners and familiarity with their workings made him a natural candidate when the position of Archivist/Exhibits Coordinator opened up and within a few years, he was put in charge of the Exhibits Department and assisting in the design and construction of large new displays in the museum on board.

Bill’s first direct contact with Titanic came shortly after Dr. Robert Ballard discovered the wreck in 1985, helping to identify the thousands of photos brought back. Bill went on to contribute to several of Dr. Ballard’s books, and accompanied him to the wreck of the Lusitania to perform on-site analysis to solve the mystery of her sinking.

In the 1990’s Bill contributed to Cyberfilx’s Titanic: Adventure out of Time, the first computer game set on Titanic, which also made realism and accuracy a priority in the gaming experience.

Bill also provided technical assistance for Jim Cameron’s movie Titanic, by supplying detailed drawings, color schemes, and prop suggestions for the engine and boiler room scenes. Cameron later called upon Bill to provide the technical resources needed to help create the most accurate computer simulation of the Titanic possible; a finite element model that has the same buoyancy, floodability, and structural endurance of the original ship. This computer recreation permits realistic “what if” scenarios to be played out to study the loss of the Titanic.

In summer of 2000, RMST Inc. asked Bill to travel to the wreck to identify artifacts brought up from the seabed. He went on to serve intermittently for the next twelve years as a consultant for RMST. In 2011, Bill was hired as Director of Titanic Research and tasked with analyzing the comprehensive data set brought back from the Titanic wreck site in 2010 including large-feature identification, mapping of the site, and interpretation.

Bill has also worked on a number of ship-related documentaries since 1990. His three most recent contributions were to Jim Cameron’s Titanic: The Final Word (a National Geographic production) and History Channels Titanic at 100: Mystery Solved both airing in April of 2012. The most current production is the TH Entertainment show Band of Courage, airing on PBS in March and April of 2014, which deals with the story and heroic last moments of the Titanic’s band members on the sinking ship.


Brower

For the past 34 years William Brower has been shackled to the anchors of the legendary R.M.S. Titanic. His younger years were spent interviewing the survivors who were willing to share their experiences with the young man who would later use their accounts to run his interactive lecture series Titanic the Legacy Remains. To honor the 100th anniversary of the sinking Brower loaned his entire collection of memorabilia and research to the Plantation Historical Society for a two month public display. He also was one of the historical consultants to the movie The Last Signals and has written two books on the subject: Touched By The Titanic and How to Rearrange Deck Chairs on the Titanic. In September of 2013 Mr. Brower became the first U.S. Ambassador to the Titanic Heritage Trust, one of the first charities devoted to the preservation of the ships memory in the UK.


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Daniel Allen Butler is a best-selling author and historian. Some of his works include “Unsinkable”--the Full Story of RMS Titanic; Distant Victory–the Battle of Jutland and the Allied Triumph in the First World War; The First Jihad–the Battle for Khartoum and the Dawn of Militant Islam; Shadow of the Sultan’s Realm: the Destruction of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East; The Age of Cunard- A Transatlantic History, 1839-2003; and The Other Side of the Night: The Carpathia, the Californian, and the Night the Titanic was Lost.

Educated at Hope College, Grand Valley State University, and the University of Erlangen, Butler served in the United States Army before becoming a full time author. A self-proclaimed “semiprofessional beach bum,” Butler divides what little time he spends away from his writing between his love of woodworking, tinkering on his 1972 Triumph Spitfire, and building model ships. He lives and works in Jacksonville, Florida.


Tad Fitch

Tad Fitch is a maritime researcher and author whose research over the past two decades has largely centered on the Titanic and liner history, as well as both world wars. He has written numerous articles that have been published both online and in the Titanic Historical Society's quarterly journal, The Titanic Commutator. Tad, along with Bill Wormstedt and George Behe, coauthored The Lifeboat Launching Sequence Re-Examined, a landmark article written to correct the errors in the lifeboat chronology that first appeared in the 1912 final report of the British Wreck Commission. Tad has contributed material to multiple books on the Titanic and liner history, and he has been cited in many books and other works.

His most recent book release is the acclaimed On a Sea of Glass: The Life & Loss of the RMS Titanic, (2012) an engrossing and comprehensive history of the ship and those aboard it that he coauthored with J. Kent Layton and Bill Wormstedt. This volume was nominated for the 2012 Mountbatten Award by the Maritime Foundation of Britain.

Tad is also one of eleven coauthors of Report Into the Loss of the SS Titanic, A Centennial Reappraisal. (2012), and coauthor of the forthcoming book Into the Danger Zone: Wartime Crossings of the First World War, coauthored with liner researcher Mike Poirier (Fall 2014.) An avid scuba diver, Tad divides his time between his writing, research and his work in the field of psychology.


Noble

Joshua Noble is a 20 year old piano teacher from Atlanta, Georgia. He has always had a fascination with history and particularly Musical History, American History and Maritime History. He has been interested in the Titanic since he was 7 years old. When he first heard her name, he was hooked and got every Titanic book in the libraries in the area. Then he started ordering other books and became devoted to studying the Titanic and reconstructing what the passengers and crew saw and did. Throughout the years, he has developed that interest through more research and talking with others with the same interests. He currently has blog called the Titanic Gazette which he uses as an outlet to publish his research and is an admin of the Titanic Gazette and Death of the RMS Titanic Facebook Groups.


Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith is a White Star Line collector and the former editor of the Nomadic Preservation Society magazine Lone Star. During his time working with the N.P.S he has been privileged to a lot of behind the scenes planning of Nomadic’s continued restoration and has published 3 magazines for the society, the latest being released in April 2014.

As a collector Daniels collection is mainly focused around paper items from passenger lists, photographs, post card, brochures and deck plans and spans the entire White Star fleet. Living in Oxfordshire, England he has had the opportunity to travel to prominent locations connected to the Titanic and has been able to supply historical and modern photography of Southampton, Belfast, Kempton Steam works and where possible Titanic / Olympic for use as reference material and background research.

And lastly as a long-time supporter and donator of the project he is always keen to cast an opinion when called on and to lend a hand if anything comes up.

(Note: For those who are unaware, Nomadic is one of two White Star Line tenders built to service Titanic and her sister ships, and is the only remaining White Star Line vessel today.)


Wormstedt

Bill Wormstedt first became interested in the Titanic after reading Walter Lord's classic A Night to Remember in junior high school. He discovered the online Titanic community in 1995, and soon started commenting and writing about the Titanic, and his articles have been published in the Titanic Historical Society's The Titanic Commutator, Encyclopedia Titanica, and his own website: Bill Wormstedt's Titanic. With Tad Fitch and George Behe, he co-wrote The Lifeboat Launching Sequence Re-Examined, a widely accepted correction of the 1912 findings into the lifeboats. Bill is also one of eleven coauthors of Report Into the Loss of the SS Titanic, A Centennial Reappraisal (2012), a series of essays about various aspects of the sinking. Bill's most recent book is On A Sea of Glass: The Life & Loss of the RMS Titanic (2012), a comprehensive history of the ship and those aboard it that he coauthored with Tad Fitch and J. Kent Layton. This volume was nominated for the 2012 Mountbatten Award by the Maritime Foundation of Britain, and remains one of the most noteworthy books ever released on the history of the legendary Titanic. Bill is a computer programmer, living in Shoreline Washington with his wife Nancy.


Harris

Angelica Harris is a successful author, historian, entrepreneur, advocate and speaker. Her journey to disempower illiteracy and abuse began in 2005, with the opening of the Excalibur Reading Program, a non-profit organization that brings the importance of education, and the arts to all children, young adults and adults continuing their educations, as well as to organizations dedicated to children with special needs. The agency was named after her Excalibur Book Series. With the writing of her memoir, Living With Rage: A Quest for Solace, she is now using her story to build a community of victors that will fight illiteracy, domestic violence and help others—and one another—find healing.

Harris also works outside of her center with ‘at risk youths’ to redirect their lives. Within the Unicorn Project-Raven’s Hope and her speaking, she offers victims of abuse support and resources’ to help them overcome their issues.

Harris was honored in September 2012 by her Kiwanis Club of Glendale, NY with the Every Day Heroes Award, along with citations from State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr., and Council Member Elizabeth Crowley for her dedication to her Excalibur Reading Program and her special youth programs. On December 14th 2013, Angelica, was awarded the City Council Citation Community Service Award by the Royal People Group from Councilmember Ruben Wills, and the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Gregory W. Meeks, Member of Congress.


Douglas

Dr. Douglas B. Willingham, a dentist in Salado, Texas, is a distant cousin of Titanic victim Major Archibald Willingham Butt and has been a student of the Titanic disaster and his cousin for more than 50 years. Willingham has participated in and hosted numerous Titanic events over the years and contributes to several on-line communities. In particular, his passion for research about "Archie" has taken him to New York, Newport, Washington, D.C., Denver, the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, Atlanta and Augusta, where he has presented his findings to several groups He is married to Carol Meyer Willingham, a psychotherapist, and has a daughter, Sofia.


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