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A look back at 2013

I’ll try to make this year in review as brief as possible, since my efforts to promote Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last are far outweighed by many more negative incidents and unhappy encounter that need not distract or bore the few interested readers who might visit this blog. 

Truth at Last was published by Larry Knorr’s Sunbury Press in June 2012, thus we mark the first full year in the life of this book.  Although we enjoyed a few bright moments, 2013 will be memorable almost solely for the nearly overwhelming number of rejections the book and its message received.  I thought I’d learned all about rejection during the more than a year it took to find the right publisher, but that was merely an introductory course.  2013 has offered a high-octane dosage of rejection on a scale that dwarfs all previous experience, leaving me to ponder how much longer I can continue to pursue this worthy cause while being almost completely ignored.

This “pan-institutional aversion to the truth” described in the final chapter of Truth at Last is alive, well and even worse that I imagined.  Make no mistake, the powers that be at the network and corporate levels fully understand that honest discussion of the Earhart disappearance is off limits.  No matter that after nearly 77 years of government-media propaganda, the idea that Amelia’s loss is an irresolvable mystery has been a familiar, universally accepted piece of our cultural landscape virtually since the day she failed to land on Howland Island.  No slippage can be tolerated, so the insidious campaign of lies and disinformation continues in its incessant refrains, ensuring the ignorance and disinterest of media consumers nationwide, and maintaining the status quo.

The TIGHAR plague

No honest discussion of efforts to solve – or, more accurately, explain the Earhart disappearance — would be complete if it didn’t include Ric Gillespie and The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), which has done more damage to the truth in the Earhart matter than anyone over the past 25 years or so.

Before Gillespie we had Elgen Long and the even more ridiculous Navy-Coast Guard crash-and-sank verdict, which for the most part kept a gullible public stupid for the first five decades following Amelia’s loss.  Thanks to these two paragons of deception, with their abject contempt for the truth, and a long list of lesser lights, as well as the enthusiastic help of the American media, the disappearance of Amelia Earhart remains among the most misunderstood and misreported events of the 20th century. 

Every other year, well in advance of the next TIGHAR-Nikumaroro boondoggle, we get the endless press releases, TV news stories and documentaries trumpeting and exploring the latest follies announced by TIGHAR’s Ric Gillespie, a propaganda blitz now led by Discovery Channel and Discovery News (see Oct. 24 and July 11 posts).  Other possibilities are rarely if ever mentioned; it’s as if Gillespie is the only man on earth who has any clue about what happened to the lost fliers

For 25 years now it’s been one phony claim after another; one might think that few are taken in anymore, yet the false headlines keep coming, telling us that the Earhart mystery might be solved soon if TIGHAR’s latest hunch pans out.  If the search were for anything or anyone else except Amelia Earhart, this shopworn charade would have been ignored by the national media after TIGHAR’s first few jaunts failed to produce any credible evidence.  But after a much-too-long 50-year run, the original crashed-and-sank lie became impossible to maintain by the late 1980s; lacking anything better to keep the public distracted from the unpleasant truth, the establishment holds its nose and keeps dishing out nausea-inducing portions of Nikumaroro gruel to a public that could hardly be more disinterested.

The media’s aversion to the truth

No overt or covert conspiracy compels most establishment types to run from the truth in the Earhart case; most of them are completely ignorant of the facts.  Cynicism, disinterest and even boredom motivate many of these jaded characters to avoid the subject, while others who express initial interest flee in fear from public discussion upon learning of the very unpleasant ends that Earhart and Fred Noonan met on Saipan.  Others, informed by their habitual servitude to political correctness, instinctually understand that the subject of the fliers’ miserable deaths at the hands of the Japanese, now our good friends, is simply not a proper topic for cultured eyes and ears.  The reasons are many, but they add up to a colossal societal resistance to the truth.  If we lived in a world that encouraged truth seekers in the Earhart matter, I’m convinced Truth at Last would be a bestseller by now.  Of course, without the 77-year government cover-up, no need would exist for Truth at Last to be written, nor any of the other fine books that present the truth in varying degrees of effectiveness.

I won’t name the numerous talk radio hosts, newspaper editors, bloggers and others who have scheduled me on their shows or promised their help in various ways and then bailed without warning, explanation or apology – as if they had suddenly learned that I had leprosy, with apologies to any lepers who might be reading this.  It’s bad enough to be ignored by more than 95 percent of these media types when I send them my standard query, but for them to respond, schedule a date and then ignore me is truly unprofessional and inexcusable. 

Just three days into 2013, the retail sales manager at the Admiral Nimitz Museum unwittingly set the tone for the coming year when she refused to stock the book that significantly expands upon Admiral Chester W. Nimitz’s revelation to Fred Goerner in 1965, a year before Goerner’s bestseller The Search for Amelia Earhart was published.  

Search immortalized the famed admiral’s statement to the San Francisco radio newsman that Earhartwent down in the Marshalls and was picked up by the Japanese.  My letter to the museum directors appealing this decision was ignored; even the simple decency of a response was refused me.  Maj.  Glenn MacDonald (U.S. Army, retired), editor-in-chief of the popular rank-and-file military-oriented site, www.militarycorruption.com, is among our book’s greatest supporters.  Glenn chronicled the Nimitz Museum travesty with this story, which was also ignored by the Nimitz Museum’s enlightened leadership.

In early March we had the Jim Bohannon debacle.  Charles Heller, a Tucson, Ariz., radio host, had recommended me to Bohannon after having me on his own show.  Bohannon’s late night show is syndicated to more than 350 stations nationwide, and I had high hopes that his program might provide a launching pad to the breakthrough this book badly needed.  It wasn’t to be, as Bohannon had invited me only as a favor to Heller.  He didn’t do a minute of show preparation, knew nothing of the Earhart matter and told me he didn’t receive the PDF of the book and other material I had twice sent to him, which I seriously doubt.

Bohannon spent the first half hour by reacting with hostility and disbelief to everything I said, catching me off balance and unprepared.  I finally stood up to the bully, and Bohannon had little to say over the last 25 minutes or so.  This sad episode, captured in a post by Jessica Renshaw on her Hidden in Jesus blog, served as a hard-learned lesson I will never forget: Never assume anyone is on your side going into a media interview unless you’re absolutely certain.

Earhart Truth Presentations: A rough start

During the second half of the year, inspired by the success of veteran Earhart presenter Rob Ellos, of Stillwater, Minn., I embarked on my own attempt to spread the word, dubbing my new enterprise “Earhart Truth Presentations.”  Sounds impressive, and I even had 1,000 business cards made for distribution to interested parties, but most of these are still in my drawer at home.  The inaugural version of Earhart Truth Presentations failed to pay for its rollout.  I sent my query to many hundreds of assisted living facilities and senior centers, as well as Kiwanis, Rotary, Moose and Elk Lodges and Daughters of the American Revolution chapters within a 90-minute drive of Jacksonville, with pathetic results.  Apparently only phony searches on tramped-down islands in the central Pacific have any chance of making money in the Earhart information business.

After talking to the few groups I visited, it was obvious that it’s not the older people who aren’t interested, but the much younger activity directors who don’t care about the Earhart disappearance.  The future of Earhart Truth Presentations is quite dim, with nothing at all scheduled for the New Year.  As for Rob’s success in Stillwater and the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, maybe the baby boomers up there, the ones who run the senior facilities, are better educated and informed, and thus more inclined to invite him to their facilities.  Who can say?

I also sent the flyer to all private and public high schools, and the response was exactly zero, which speaks volumes about the pathetic state of our secondary schools.  It’s common knowledge that our public schools ceased to teach true American history decades ago, but I thought the private schools might have retained a semblance of traditional curricula.  Sadly, none of them have any interest in anyone coming into their classrooms to set the record straight about Amelia Earhart, whom few of any have heard of anyway. 

Perhaps the highlight for my year was a lengthy commentary I wrote to commemorate the July 2 anniversary of Amelia’s last flight, published by Veterans News Now, the same outfit that posted Dave Martin’s fine review of Truth at Last in August 2012, “Hillary Clinton and the Amelia Earhart Cover-up.”  Titled “The truth in the Earhart ‘mystery’ is a sacred cow,’ and posted June 13 by editor Debbie Menon, the piece stayed atop the VNN top 50 for over two weeks and continues its run in VNN’s top 25 with over 11,300 reads as of Dec. 31.  Joel Freedman, my friend from Canandaigua, New York, placed some guest columns in local newspapers, and Jessica Renshaw, whose Hidden in Jesus blog was among the first to discover Truth at Last, did what she could to help.

I did about 18 radio appearances with the relatively few independent radio types who were unafraid to step up and help, PC be damned.  Many of these hosts failed to read anything I sent them, were completely unprepared to do a decent interview, and simply were filling time by having me on.  But a few were outstanding professionals, did plenty of show prep, read the book and had great programs.  The best of these were author and host Deanna Spingola, who had me on her show, “Spingola Speaks” on the Republic Broadcasting Network for a return engagement;  and Bill Xam, host of the Internet program “Surrounded by Idiots,” which recently joined the Freedom Talk Radio/SETV network.  Bill spent many hours preparing notes and special features for our two-hour discussion, which can be found on the EarhartTruth.com Media page. 

Other radio people I should thank again for their help included Chuck Wilder, host of “Talkback with Chuck Wilder” on CRN; Michael Betteridge,  general manager of WTHU 1450 AM “The Source,” Thurmont, Md., and nephew of noted Earhart researcher Paul Rafford, Jr.; Bill Hay, host of “I’m Speaking Plainly,” on local Jacksonville’s 600 AM “The Answer” and Dr. Stan Monteith, veteran host of Radio Liberty, heard in multiple cities including Cincinnati and Spokane, Wash., who has invited me back on Jan. 7 at 6 pm EST and Jan. 9 at 11 pm.

I also want to express a special thanks to my old friend Sonny Auld, who has been the webmaster of www.EarhartTruth.com since its inception. Without Sonny’s unselfish efforts, we’d be nowhere at all.

That’s about it.  I continue to do whatever I can and hope that somehow the breakthrough that Truth at Last needs to come to the attention of the American public will eventuate.  It can’t happen if we give up, and so I won’t.  Amelia deserves far better than she’s received since her tragic loss, and so does the book that presents the truth about it without apology.

Jan. 18, 2013: The Admiral Nimtz Museum Travesty

On Jan. 3 of the new year, the retail sales manager at the Admiral Nimitz Museum coldly, without apology and without even reading it, rejected the book that reflects and expands upon Admiral Chester W. Nimitz’s revelation to Fred Goerner in 1965, a year before Goerner’s bestseller The Search for Amelia Earhart was publishedSearch immortalized the famed admiral’s statement to the San Francisco radio newsman that Earhart went down in the Marshalls and was picked up by the Japanese.”  My letter to the museum directors appealing this decision was ignored; even the simple decency of a response was refused me. 

If my book, Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, belongs anywhere, it belongs in the bookstore at the Nimitz Museum, where Fred Goerner’s files are kept and from which I gleaned so much enlightening and unpublished information related to his quest to prove Earhart and Fred Noonan’s deaths on Saipan.  But the Nimitz Museum has joined 170 other aviation museums and nearly 100 percent of the mainstream media who refuse to recognize the existence of a book that threatens their sacred cow.  Clearly, they much prefer the lie of the never-ending,  irresolvable mystery.  I t’s so much more romantic that way, and uncomplicated.

Most of those who refuse to accept the truth in the Earhart case — even so-called Earhart researchers who insist on their own imaginary version of events and ignore the obvious — will have no problems with the museum’s decision. They will say its directors have every right to reject this or any other book from their store.  Of course that’s true, as is its corollary, my right to vehemently protest this outrage in any way possible, and to bring the public’s attention to the feckless policies that apparently now inform the Nimitz Museum’s leadership.

More on this travesty at the linked story below, which was published today. Sincere thanks to Glenn MacDonald of MilitaryCorruption.com for his unwavering support of this book and this worthy cause.



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:

Mike Campbell is about as committed to his work as any man I have interviewed.  First for 10 years in the Navy, then for 30 as a journalist for the Department of Defense, Campbell was a dedicated public servant.  He also has written 2 books on the disappearance of Amelia Earhart.  Amelia Earhart: The Truth At Last,” documents all the evidence and witnesses who saw her on Saipan in the custody of the Japanese.  Mike talks about the massive multi-governmental cover up of the details.  Fascinating.

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.

June 30, 2012: A new beginning

Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, was born in late June 2007, when I was informed that the second edition of my first book, With Our Own Eyes (2002), which reflected a solid year of work and 100 new pages of content, would not be published.  No apology or coherent reason was given by the publisher for her sudden decision to dump my work, and I was left flat to ponder the vicissitudes of the cold world of publishing. 

At that moment I was nearly disconsolate, but a wise friend who knew better than I how to deal with such a vicious blow, Major Glenn MacDonald, editor in chief of MilitaryCorruption.com, told me that someday I would see that she was doing me a favor, because instead of quitting, I would write a completely new book.

The writing and research took about two-and-a-half years, followed by two years of rejections, first by agents, then by publishers.  The resistance to the manuscript in the marketplace was very nearly overwhelming. Finally, in the summer of 2011, Larry Knorr of Sunbury Press, in Camp Hill, Penn., after a quick skim of the manuscript, told me, “We want to jump on this.” Larry said he was distant cousin of Amelia Earhart, an extra motivator that sealed the deal.

Truth at Last is not merely a book about Amelia Earhart, one of hundreds of such tomes.  The idea for Truth at Last came five years ago, but the book is the result of 24 years of research, study, writing, re-writing and refining.  Armed with the findings of prominent Earhart researchers such as Fred Goerner, Thomas E. Devine, Bill Prymak and many others, Truth at Last presents an ironclad case for the fact of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan’s presence and deaths on Saipan in the weeks, months and possibly years after their disappearance on July 2, 1937. 

This is not a “crackpot theory” advanced only by wing nuts and conspiracy theorists, as the establishment historians and their media confederates love to characterize it, but an irrefutable fact that must eventually be acknowledged by our government and accepted by those who write the history books.

The so-called mainstream media will resist acknowledging the presence of this book as long as possible. Only if forced to deal with its compelling argumentation and irrefutable logic will they even admit its existence, and then the smears will begin.  Most find this concept, that the American establishment detests the truth in the Earhart matter, difficult to accept and understand, but many years of learning the hard way have left no doubt in this writer’s mind. 

Finding a good publisher like Sunbury Press was only half the battle in this cause, the easy half, as difficult as it seemed for so many years.  Now, we must convince the rest of the world that we’re right about what happened to Amelia and Fred.  As I explain and clearly illustrate in Truth at Last, the truth in the Earhart case is a sacred cow in Washington, political poison since the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and this particular sacred cow has been successfully protected for 75 years.

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