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March 24, 1999 | CAMILLE PAGLIA, Camille Paglia is an author and a professor of humanities at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her latest book, published by the British Film Institute and titled "The Birds," is a study of Alfred Hitchcock's film of the same name
Aviatrix Amelia Earhart was the greatest role model of my life. Born in 1897 in Atchison, Kan., Earhart was the first woman to cross the Atlantic by air, though she was little more than a passenger on the 1928 trip. In 1932, however, she flew the Atlantic solo in her small Lockheed Vega, reproducing the 1927 Atlantic crossing of Charles Lindbergh in his famous "Spirit of St. Louis."
American researchers have discovered evidence, long buried in British military archives, suggesting that famed aviator Amelia Earhart died on Nikumaroro Island in the Polynesian republic of Kiribati. Although not conclusive, the new evidence is certain to add fuel to a long-running mystery that continues to intrigue researchers and laypeople alike. The story begins with bones that British soldiers found on the island--then called Gardner Island--in 1940.
April 25, 1998
Ruckins "Bo" McKneely Jr., 89, airplane mechanic for flier Amelia Earhart. After McKneely and Earhart met in 1936, he became the main mechanic for her Lockheed Electra 10-E and was there when she took off from Miami on her final flight June 1, 1937. She disappeared in the Pacific while attempting to become the first woman to fly around the world. McKneely discounted various theories about her disappearance, saying the plane probably crashed after running out of fuel.
April 12, 1998 | Cecilia Rasmussen
Katherine Sui Fun Cheung stepped onto the world's stage and into its heart in 1932, as the first licensed Asian American aviatrix in the nation. She was a barnstorming mother whose dream took a "hammerhead turn" as she began performing vertigo-inducing aerobatics across the country. She flew open cockpit planes upside down and is among the select few surviving the Golden Age of Aviation.
December 20, 1997 | LISA ADDISON
The UC Irvine Extension Women's Opportunities Center is accepting nominations for the 1998 Amelia Earhart Awards for Individual Leadership and Corporate Leadership. WOC recognizes individuals who, like Amelia Earhart, have broken barriers to enhance opportunities for women. The individual leadership award has been given since 1989. The upcoming event marks the first time the corporate leadership award will be given.
November 30, 1997 | CARI BEAUCHAMP, Cari Beauchamp is the author of "Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood."
The daredevil with the courage to take to the skies and aim for the sun has captured our imaginations since Icarus, but that is only part of the equation that explains our enduring fascination with Amelia Earhart. The confidence of her stride, the demure smile that alluded to knowing more than she'd ever say out loud, her apparent comfort with stardom, her insatiable need to continue conquering new horizons combine to create the lure that draws us to her.
Amelia Earhart, who in 1932 became the first woman to fly the Atlantic solo, has deep roots in the San Fernando Valley. She mysteriously vanished over the Pacific Ocean in July 1937 while attempting to circle the world. Earhart, who was born 100 years ago today, came to the Valley in the 1920s, attended USC, flew Lockheed planes out of Burbank, married publisher George P. Putnam and moved to Toluca Lake, where she was a regular at Lakeside Golf Club.
May 27, 1997 | KATHRYN BOLD
The event: Eighth Annual Amelia Earhart Award Luncheon honoring Vivian Clecak, executive director of Human Options, a center for abused women and children. High flier: Named in honor of the first woman to pilot a plane across the Atlantic, the Amelia Earhart Award salutes an individual who has likewise broken barriers and enhanced opportunities for women. Clecak founded Human Options with three other women in 1978 to provide a refuge for victims of domestic violence.
April 1, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
With hundreds of cheering well-wishers lining the taxiway of Miami's Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport, Linda Finch, the Texas businesswoman and aviator who is retracing the round-the-world route Amelia Earhart attempted to fly, took off on the first over-water leg of her journey. Her 1935 Lockheed Electra 10E--the same model Earhart flew in 1937--carried the 46-year-old Finch and navigator Bob Fodge toward Puerto Rico.
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