Today we return to the unpleasant subject of the International Forest of Friendship (IFF) and its recent request to unsubscribe from this blog and reject the honest work that’s done here on behalf of an extremely worthy cause. Now it’s not only this blog that they have no respect for, it’s the iconic aviator Calvin Pitts who they’ve decided is also unworthy of their merest acknowledgement. (* See update at bottom.)
The IFF organization in Atchison, Kansas, Amelia Earhart’s birthplace in the Heartland of America, prides itself as a “living, growing memorial to the world history of aviation and aerospace.” On the IFF’s idyllic landscape you can find a life-size statue of Amelia Earhart and “The Amelia Earhart Earthworks,” among other family-friendly attractions.
Most regular readers are familiar with my post of Nov. 21, 2021, Forest of Friendship rejects Earhart truth, which described my response to the IFF’s terse “unsubscribe” request after years of receiving this blog, albeit without comment. I’ve linked it above so that anyone can understand the basics of this odious situation. Calvin responded to this post that same day, and he wrote in closing his comment:
Personally knowing some of Amelia’s close associates, I have serious doubts that she would approve of anything so cheap. I knew Wiley’s wife and brother, and they would not have approved. I knew several of Amelia’s associates, and they were all professionals of class.
Such rudeness is so unlike the Amelia-world I knew, that it is surprising. I will let you know the response I receive, if any. You and your historic Blog deserve better than this. People like Wiley, Amelia, Fay, and a host of others I associated with, were not only courteous, but people of class. On their behalf, I apologize. Will be in touch.
To see Calvin’s entire comment, please click here or go to comments of Nov. 21, 2021.
Of course Calvin followed through on his pledge to contact the IFF and find out for himself why they feel this blog is beneath their attention. But such is the IFF leadership’s aversion to the light of public knowledge that we couldn’t find the name of the IFF’s president or any of its officials, so Calvin addressed his letter to the IFF office manager, asking that she kindly pass up the chain to the appropriate parties, hoping to reach the still nameless IFF president.
Here is his letter of Dec. 7, 2021 in its original format. You can click on each page for a larger view.
No one has replied to Calvin’s kind letter, exceptional on so many levels, and by this late date it’s safe to assume that the IFF has no plans to do so. We can only imagine the level of arrogance and contempt required to ignore such a sincere, good-faith appeal to the better angels of the still-unnamed IFF president and others of the IFF leadership. Whoever they are, they should be ashamed of their abject failure to fulfill even the lowest, most basic public call to civility and transparency, and the entire IFF is now culpable for this feckless affront and insult to Calvin Pitts. It is also a glaring example of the establishment’s thorough hatred for the Marshalls-Saipan Truth in the Earhart disappearance, and its refusal to even consider it.
What more can one say about the IFF at this point? Their abject silence screams volumes about these creatures, who have gone out of their way to sink to a level that’s beneath even the contempt with which they regard us.
I asked Calvin, who has recently suffered medical problems that he’s asked me not to mention and remains undaunted, if he’d like to make a closing statement to complete this dreary post. Ever the Christian gentleman, Calvin replied thusly:
In times like this, when we encounter those who out of fear, misplaced loyalties and willful ignorance refuse to do the right thing, the best we can do is try to forgive them and move on. We can also try to pray that someday the light will come on in their dim minds, and they might consider joining those of us who can honor the legacy of Amelia Earhart and revere and honor the truth in the same breath — something they’ve proven themselves incapable of at this time.
Fortunately, due to the professional research, the tedious work, and a love for truth as displayed in Mike Campbell’s stellar book, THE TRUTH AT LAST, coupled with other gifted researchers, writers, and eyewitnesses, we were introduced to some of the private, unpublished knowledge of men like Adm. Chester Nimitz Jr., Gen. Alexander Vandegrift, Gen. Graves Erskine, Gen. Tommy Watson, and a host of eyewitnesses who told their stories. Because of men and women like that, we know the end of the Earhart story, and are able to lay to rest the amazing life of a beautiful woman who has earned her rest.
What more is there to say?
* Jan. 25 UPDATE: Longtime reader Tom Williams has informed me that he’s found an overview of the International Forest of Friendship as of 12/2019, which lists its major officers as follows:
Linton Wells II, Chairman
Leonard Buddenbohm, Vice Chairman
Shannon Osborne, Treasurer
Cheryl K. Smith, Secretary
Researcher Tony Gochar also contributed information to this update. Tom Williams informs us that Linton Wells II is the son of the great Fay Gillis Wells, who Calvin Pitts praised so glowingly in his brief tribute above. Here’s Fay Gillis Wells 2002 obituary.