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BID TIME RETURN 1975 Literature
14 dates spanning 105 years: 1867-1971
  • 1867
  • 1896
    • September
      • September 30
        •  Bid Time Return 1975 Literature | Source Timeline
          While digging through books and documents in a Hotel Coronado storage room in 1971, Richard Collier finds a book of correspondence containing a letter from hotel manager E.S. Babcock to Elise McKenna dated October 6, 1896, informing her that he is looking forward to her arrival. His letter is in response to a letter from her dated September 30.
    • October
      • October 6
        •  Bid Time Return 1975 Literature | Source Timeline
          While digging through books and documents in a Hotel Coronado storage room in 1971, Richard Collier finds a book of correspondence containing a letter from hotel manager E.S. Babcock to Elise McKenna dated October 6, 1896, informing her that he is looking forward to her arrival. His letter is in response to a letter from her dated September 30.
    • November
      • November 19
        •  Bid Time Return 1975 Literature | Source Timeline
          After falling in love with a portrait of famous American theater actress Elisa McKenna in the Hotel Coronado's Hall of History, TV writer Richard Collier wills himself back in time, from 1971 to 1896. He arrives in the afternoon, tracking Elisa down on a walking path near the beach. Later, he has dinner with Elise, her mother and her manager, William Fawcett Robinson. He spends the night on the extra bed in Robinson's room.
      • November 20
        •  Bid Time Return 1975 Literature | Source Timeline
          After falling in love with a portrait of famous American theater actress Elisa McKenna in the Hotel Coronado's Hall of History in 1971, TV writer Richard Collier digs through books and documents in a storage room, discovering a hotel register from 1896 with his name signed on the page for November 20. He was there. He checked in to Room 350, signing his name as R.C. Collier, at 9:18am. He proceeds to will himself back in time, arriving the day before, meeting Elisa and spending the night in the room of her manager, William Fawcett Robinson. After waking up the following day, November 20, and paying Elisa a visit, he checks in to the hotel, spending the afternoon with Elisa in her train car and attending her play that night. During intermission, he is abducted by two thugs hired by Robinson and left tied up in a shed off hotel grounds.
      • November 21
        •  Bid Time Return 1975 Literature | Source Timeline
          After being abducted the night before by two thugs hired by Elise McKenna's manager William Fawcett Robinson, Richard Collier wakes up, tied up, in a shed off hotel grounds. He races back to the Hotel Coronado, praying Elise didn't leave as scheduled with her theater group. She didn't. He finds her at the hotel waiting for him. After getting to know each other better, including a romantic encounter, Richard discovers a penny in his suit pocket from the future, destroying his grasp on the past, and he returns to 1971.
  • 1935
  • 1971
      • November 15
        •  Bid Time Return 1975 Literature | Source Timeline
          While staying at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, TV writer Richard Collier falls in love with a portrait of famous American theater actress Elise McKenna in the hotel's Hall of History, later driving to Wahrenbrock's Book House in San Diego in order to learn more about her.
      • November 16
        •  Bid Time Return 1975 Literature | Source Timeline
          TV writer Richard Collier travels from the Hotel Del Coronado to a bookstore in San Diego, buying several books about famous American theater actress Elise McKenna, with whom he has fallen in love after seeing a portrait of her in the hotel's Hall of History.
      • November 17
        •  Bid Time Return 1975 Literature | Source Timeline
          After falling in love with famous American theater actress Elise McKenna, TV writer Richard Collier studies J.B. Priestly's book Man and Time, deriving a method of time travel involving performing self-hypnosis to convince his mind that he's in the past in order to meet her.
      • November 18
        •  Bid Time Return 1975 Literature | Source Timeline
          After falling in love with a portrait of famous American theater actress Elise McKenna in the Hotel Coronado's Hall of History, TV writer Richard Collier digs through books and documents in a storage room in 1971, discovering a hotel register from 1896 with his name signed on the page for November 20. He attempts to travel back in time through self-hypnosis, and it works, but only for a very brief moment. Later, he purchases a suit to wear in the past at a costume shop in San Diego.

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