Today’s post is an extension of my July 11 article, as we recognize, if not celebrate, another Amelia Earhart birthday, her 123rd. I can’t imagine that America’s First Lady of Flight would still be with us at 123, even in a perfect world, though the chances are excellent that she would have reached the century mark had fate not so cruelly intervened.
Amelia came from hardy genes indeed, if her mother and sister were any indications. Grace Muriel Earhart Morrissey, of West Medford, Massachusetts, two-and-a-half-years younger than Amelia, died in her sleep on March 2, 1998 at the age of 98. Amy Otis Earhart was born in 1869 and died in 1962 at 93. Amelia’s father, Edwin, was an entirely different story, dying at 63 in 1930. Reportedly he liked his booze, and his longevity genes, or lack of them, likely weren’t dominant in Amelia, nor with Muriel. Thanks to Edwin, Amelia was a devoted teetotaler.
So we pause again to pay our respects to this truly great American, regardless of the fact that nothing positive in Amelia’s cause has happened during the past year, at least media-wise. For more background, I invite you to see July 2, 2018: 81 years of lies in the Earhart case; AE’s last flight anniversary arrives without change (July 2, 2019); last year’s July 24 post, For Amelia Earhart, it’s Happy Birthday No. 122! or my recent July 11 post, July 2020: Earhart forgotten amid nation’s chaos.
As usual, one has to go a long way to find any mention of Amelia’s 123rd birthday in the media — all the way to Saipan, in fact, where the indomitable Marie S. Castro, 87, and her long-suffering friends of the Amelia Earhart Memorial Monument Inc. (AEMMI) group did their best to put on good faces behind the masks they were forced wear at the Northern Marianas Museum, where they had a little party for Amelia today.
Earlier this week, reporter Sophia Perez of the Marianas Variety announced today’s modest festivities with a July 21 story, “Amelia Earhart birthday to be celebrated at NMI Museum.”
“According to the event’s chair . . . committee board member Remi Sablan,” Perez wrote, “the celebration is open to the public and will offer guests the opportunity to check out the NMI [Northern Mariana Islands] Museum’s new additions to its Amelia Earhart exhibit, including photos and testimonies of three key witnesses who claim to have seen Earhart on Saipan shortly after her Lockheed Model 10 Electra disappeared in the Central Pacific en route to Howland Island.”
Saipan TV’s KSPN2 News also did a small piece on the AEMMI event, as reporter Ashley McDowell briefly interviewed Vice President Frances Sablan before turning to the group’s beating heart, Marie, now its official president, for a few words. McDowell, whose tone tells us that she’s no supporter of the truth, makes sure viewers understand that Amelia’s disappearance remains “a mystery.” She emphasizes the “M” word more than once, lest she also be classified among the true believers, better known to establishment types as conspiracy nuts, and worse. Even so, Saipan TV does more for the truth in its coverage of the AEMMI’s Earhart birthday event than everyone else in any media, anywhere, where only crickets can be heard.
To view the KSPN2 video, please click here.
“I want to thank a very special person, Mike Campbell, author of Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last who has become my driving force in this worthy cause, who became my mentor and adviser,” Marie wrote in a July 19 email. “His continued support gave me the great courage along the rough and sometimes apparently hopeless road ahead.
“I decided to commit myself and organized a group called the Amelia Earhart Memorial Monument, AEMMI in 2017,” she continued. “With courage I followed my gut, walking through the unknown for a long overdue worthy cause of Amelia Earhart, to honor the sacrifice of this brave woman and her navigator Fred Noonan and for her valuable and indelible connection on Saipan.”
Please consider contributing to this extremely worthy cause. I should remind everyone who reads this why the Amelia Earhart Memorial Monument is so strongly opposed, both on Saipan and by the American establishment: Those who hate the truth know that if the monument is ever erected on Saipan, it would be a major step closer to eventual U.S. government disclosure of the awful facts that we know so well. The memorial monument’s success is 100 percent dependent on private donations, and everyone who gives will receive a personal letter of appreciation from AEMMI President Marie S. Castro.
In any event, Happy Birthday, Amelia!