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August 06, 2008

Listening For Amelia


On a July afternoon in 1937, 15-year-old Betty Klenck Brown was listening to her family's shortwave radio. She had her journal and was writing down the lyrics to popular songs when she turned the dial and heard the unimaginable: "This is Amelia Earhart. This is Amelia Earhart." At that point, Earhart had already disappeared, along with her navigator, in her attempt to fly around the world.

Betty jotted down everything she heard over 3 hours. She didn't understand much of what she wrote, but she kept transcribing. No one took Betty seriously, until her diary finally made it into the hands of Ric Gillespie.

Ric works for a group called TIGHAR (The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery). Ric has used the information in Betty's diary to lead a new search for the remains of Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan - he and his team believe their search is uncovering some tantalizing clues.


This photograph recently caused some controversy and a few smirks in Europe: a nude photograph of Simone de Beauvoir.

The photo was taken by Art Shay. Art was a paparazzi before the term was even invented. In 1952, he took the nude shot of Simone de Beauvoir, who didn't know he'd taken it. "Naughty boy," she said after she heard the 'click.' Art didn't publish the photograph until 2000. It was recently republished in a French magazine and that's why tongues are wagging.


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