July 02, 2009

Remembering Amelia

In the official website of Amelia Earheart, the basic facts cannot describe the woman within the suits and clothes worn by the famous navigator.

"Birth Name: Amelia Mary Earhart
Born: July 24, 1897
Birthplace: Atchison, Kansas
Died: July 2, 1937, en route from Lae, New Guinea to Howland Island
Married: February 7, 1931, to George Putnam

* Despite having to attend six different high schools, she was able to graduate on time.
* Earhart was called "Lady Lindy" because her slim build and facial features resembled that of Charles Lindbergh.
* Earhart refused to don typical flying gear -she wore a suit or dress instead of the "high-bread aviation togs," a close-fitting hat instead of a helmet, didn't put on her goggles until she taxied to the end of the field and removed them immediately upon landing.
* She developed a friendship with Eleanor Roosevelt, who wanted to learn how to fly. Earhart had planned to teach her, for which the First Lady even got her student permit.
* Earhart met Orville Wright at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia in 1937, the same year she disappeared.
* Earhart had such an impression on public that people often wrote and told her about naming babies, lakes and even homing pigeons "Amelia."
* The United States government spent $4 million looking for Earhart, which made it the most costly and intensive air and sea search in history at that time.
* She was the 16th woman to receive a pilot's license from the FAI (License No. 6017)."

For a woman to display courage and intelligence in the early 1900's as she did is an example for all of us even now.


Debbie said...

I think the idea of her teaching Roosevelt is fascinating.

Ghost Dansing said...


TechnoBabe said...

Hi Debbie, thanks for the comment. I too was interested in the tidbit that Mrs Roosevelt got her student permit and was planning to take lessons from Amelia. How fun would that be!!!??
Learning from such as Amelia!!

Thank you, Ghost Dansing for the link to the video. It is awesome.I really appreciate your pointing it out to me. I will use it for my blog to commemorate Amelia's birthday. I will be checking your blog for your monthly posts.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

She has always been one of my great heroines. I loved reading about her here, and yes, she is an inspiration to women of every time.

TechnoBabe said...

Hey there, heartinsanfrancisco,
Amelia has always been for me what I wish I could be: Adventurous, accepted, accomplished, admired.