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October 21, 2008

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Rick Hamrick

Lindbergh was, quite simply, a small man trapped in a role too powerful and dynamic for his meager strength of character to handle. It happens often in our current day, although it seems it is the athletic heroes who fail us more often, perhaps because there are more of them available to fall short. We don't have many aerospace heroes these days.

Amelia Earhart, though, was my heroine when I was in 9th grade. I was somewhat obsessed with her thanks to research done for a speech in a class at school. Even today, when I see some new theory emerge as to what happened to her and to Noonan, I pay attention. My guess is, it was a simple ditching into the Pacific which ended their days. You can, though, find interesting stories of them being held captive by the Japanese on [insert obscure island name here] until they passed away years later.

I don't buy it.

John Ptak

That's a superb summation of Lindbergh, Rick--exactly. I'm not sure though how much of this part of him is known; I got really fidgety listening to some puffboy talking (favorably)about Pat Buchanan's book on the radio, which got this whole stinking mess up and rattling again.

I agree with you to on the beautiful Ms. Earhart. Simplest and best explanation is that she ran out of fuel and ditched, and then got swallowed. ("oh the cold black sea waits for me, me, me; the cold black sea waits forever..." Mr. Lou Reed, Magic & Loss.

John Ptak

That's a superb summation of Lindbergh, Rick--exactly. I'm not sure though how much of this part of him is known; I got really fidgety listening to some puffboy talking (favorably)about Pat Buchanan's book on the radio, which got this whole stinking mess up and rattling again.

I agree with you to on the beautiful Ms. Earhart. Simplest and best explanation is that she ran out of fuel and ditched, and then got swallowed. ("oh the cold black sea waits for me, me, me; the cold black sea waits forever..." Mr. Lou Reed, Magic & Loss.

Jeff

I think that Amelia and Noonan actually landed in Tarawa, refueled, and went back to Australia where they lived happily and secretly until 1964, when John Lennon spotted her during the Beatle's Australian tour. Then, she and Noonan and their adopted Aboriginal children fled into the Outback, never to be seen again.

John Ptak

Crickey! I'm lost on the John Lenon reference, Jeff. But its a story worth writing! OR at least its a story that could be told in a one-page poem, no?

Jeff

I don't know if John Lennon ever thought he saw her, but it's possible, if she were still alive living with Noonan in Australia with adopted Aboriginal children, since Lennon was there in 1964. I can offer other theories about Amelia, if you like. There's one about her ditching Noonan and making for Chile, where she became Pinochet's older lover for a time. Just tell me what you want ...

John Ptak

If we go the dictator route I think I'd like to see her not with Pinochet but rather with Evita, though Che would probably be more to her liking (if we can forget the brutal stuff).

Jefe

It's funny you say that, John, since I was going to mention the theory about Peron, which includes an affair with Evita, but you and Rick seemed so in love with Amelia that I didn't want to bring it up. In fact, a scene was shot for the new movie, Amelia, in which Hilary Swank meets Madonna in the night garden, but it was pulled because their relative ages were backward and the historical consultant threw a fit, although he kept the footage of the scene. The consultant, a famous historian, said that if it didn't happen, it should've.

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