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One Irene Bolam offers “Personal View” of the other

Today we leave the sordid world of bogus claims about antique cars and enter the bizarre realm of fringe Earhart lore to hear from the “other Irene Bolam,” Irene E. Bolam, who gained her last name through an accident of marriage and was a sometime, little-regarded member of the Amelia Earhart Society whose total contributions […]

Irene Bolam and the Decline of the Amelia Earhart Society: Conclusion

In today’s final post of our four-part series, “Irene Bolam and the Decline of the Amelia Earhart Society,” we rejoin the litany of famed Earhart researcher Joe Gervais’ better known gaffes; following that, I will try to bring the entire mash pit of absurdities that characterized the Irene Bolam chapter of the Earhart saga into some kind […]

Irene Bolam and the Decline of the Amelia Earhart Society: Part III of IV

“Irene Bolam and the Decline of the Amelia Earhart Society,” Part III of IV “What is the hardest task in the world? To think.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson In August and September 2006, David Billings, 76, an Australian researcher who has drawn attention in the United States as well as Down Under with his own controversial Electra-at-New Britain theory […]

Irene Bolam and the Decline of the Amelia Earhart Society: Part II of IV

Some of the more perspicacious readers of this blog know that the very same day Part I of  “Irene Bolam and the Decline of the Amelia Earhart Society” was published, Dec. 29, 2015,  the UK’s Daily Mail, followed by Fox News ran stories promoting a new book that, unbelievably, attempts to re-resurrect the absurd Irene Bolam-as-Amelia Earhart lie, as […]

Irene Bolam and the Decline of the Amelia Earhart Society: Part I of IV

 In early 2007 I wrote “Irene Bolam and the Decline of the Amelia Earhart Society,” conceived as an additional chapter for the second edition of  With Our Own Eyes: Eyewitnesses to the Final Days of Amelia Earhart.  When the revised edition’s publication was cancelled, I began work on an entirely new book, Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, though its original […]