Charles Heller, Amelia Earhart enthusiast
Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last turned 6 months old on Dec. 21, and despite some nice reviews from a few discerning critics, notably Glenn MacDonald of Military Corruption.com, Dave Martin of DCDave.com, and the considerable efforts of Joel Freedman, whose persistence paid off with the Oct. 24 spread in the Knoxville News Sentinel, our most visible coverage to date, sales have hit a brick wall and the book remains unknown to more than 99 percent of the American public. Virtually no one comes to this blog, so I wonder about my sanity in continuing to write new entries.
In my ongoing efforts to find a receptive audience, I contacted Charles Heller, a weekend talk show host with KVOI AM 1030, in Tucson, Ariz. Charles is the host of “Liberty Watch” and “America Armed & Free,” which air from noon to 2 p.m. MST on Sundays. On his website, http://www.libertywatchradio.com, Charles describes his show as “dedicated to the principle of eternal vigilance, based upon the free flow of information about government, technology, current events, and our steadfast Constitution, so that citizens can give informed consent, the bedrock of our Republic, and government remains the servant, not the master. Let us each honor the privilege it is to live in God’s great nation.“
Charles was immediately interested in Truth at Last, but warned me that I would have to work hard to change his views. On his show, he told listeners that every year or two he reads a book that changes his mind about something, and Truth at Last is one of these books. We had a good interchange on the air, and Charles summarized the interview on his archives page thusly:
Charles has pledged to do what he can to connect me with other talk show hosts, and says he specializes in helping people with worthy causes through his networking expertise. He has other idea about how to get the word out about the book, i.e. “market“ it, and I certainly hope the hosts he has in mind will be half as supportive as Charles has been since he read Truth at Last.
As Charles Heller has demonstrated once again, true interest in the Earhart matter is an acquired taste and is not for everyone. But every once in a while, I meet and, through the power of Truth at Last, convert a new “Earhart enthusiast,” as Thomas E. Devine described me in signing his book upon the conclusion of our first meeting, in February 1990 at his West Haven, Connecticut home.
Dec. 14: Jessica Renshaw and Mike Shinabery
Nothing significant to report since last time until now, such is the state of the establishment’s blackout of Truth at Last. As an example of the resistance this book encounters daily, I recently contacted 170 aviation museums with gift shops in USA, got just five responses and have sold ZERO books so far! You would think AVIATION MUSEUM GIFT SHOPS would love this book, but not so. Their sacred cow is threatened, and their immediate response is to bury their heads in the sand.
Over a month ago I saw a brief story on a blog called hiddeninjesus, about Amelia Earhart’s death on Saipan, and I contacted the owner, Jessica Renshaw, to tell her about Truth at Last. Although she wouldn’t commit to much at the time, later, after I sent her a copy of the book, she wrote this very nice review on her blog, and added another one on the book’s Amazon site. Jessica is the daughter of famed anti-nuclear activist Earle L. Reynolds (October 18, 1910 – January 11, 1998) who was an anthropologist, educator, author, Quaker and peace activist, according to his Wikipedia entry:
He was sent to Hiroshima by the Atomic Energy Commission in 1951 to study the effects of the first atomic bomb on the growth and development of exposed children. His professional discoveries concerning the dangers of radiation later moved Reynolds into a life of anti-nuclear activism. In 1958 he sailed with his wife Barbara, two of his three children and a Japanese yachtsman in the Phoenix of Hiroshima, a ketch he had designed himself, into the American nuclear testing zone in the Pacific. In 1961 the family sailed to the USSR to protest Soviet nuclear testing. During the Vietnam War Reynolds and his second wife Akie sailed the Phoenix to Haiphong to deliver humanitarian and medical aid to victims of American bombing.
Jessica, now entering her golden years and living in Long Beach, Calif., spent much of her childhood sailing the Pacific with her father and family, engaged in adventures the rest of us could have only dreamed about. She knows people on Saipan who long ago told her of Amelia’s presence and death there, which Jessica says is “common knowledge” on Saipan. Perhaps among some of the elders there, this remains so, but I’ve been told by others who have had personal experiences with the intelligentsia on Saipan that the TIGHAR lie is predominant now on the island, and talk of Earhart and Noonan’s deaths there is rare.
Was on the Michael Shinabery Show, Alamo AM 1230 Talk in Alamogordo, New Mexico, yesterday morning for an hour, and he asked me to come back later in January. I met Mike as a result of my aviation museum mailing, by far the best — and probably only good thing — all that effort produced.