Luxury ocean liner launched by the Cunard Line in 1936. It was named in
honor of Queen Mary, consort of King George V of England. She was used as a
troop ship during World War II, then resumed service as a passenger liner
after the war. Her final ocean voyage was in 1967; she was docked in Long
Beach, California, and is now a hotel, with shops and restaurants among her
(The Rolling Stones)
(Villa de San Francisco de Quito) Capital of Ecuador, in Pichincha
province on the lower slopes of the volcano Pichincha just south of the
Equator. The city was the ancient seat of the kingdom of Quitu. It became part
of the Incan empire in 1487 CE. The Spanish conquistadores occupied the city
in 1534. Quito was named the national capital when Ecuador became an
independent country in 1830.
Society was founded by Virginia Heinlein on behalf of her husband, science
fiction author Robert Anson Heinlein, to "pay forward" the legacy of Robert A. Heinlein to future generations of "Heinlein's Children."