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Randy Conrad

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Amelia Earhart...The Price of Courage
« on: October 10, 2013, 01:17:27 AM »

Hey ya all...Glancing at several videos on youtube on Amelia and ran across this one. I've never seen this one before and found it very very interesting. Anyway, did notice that Amelia had a passion for one particular piece of cloth that she used in her hairbows and around her neck. It may be just a coincidence, but thought that black was very unusual color to be used alot through most of her life. Also, part of the video depicts Amelia's flying capability as a pilot. That in itself is interesting!!! Overall, its an awesome video into most of her life. Pictures that many of you like myself, have never seen before! Enjoy!!!
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Ric Gillespie

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Re: Amelia Earhart...The Price of Courage
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2013, 07:49:28 AM »

The title of the film is an odd reversal of AE's expressed belief that "courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace."  So what then is the price of courage?

The imagery used in the documentary is often misleading and does not show what the narration implies is being shown.  The narrative is basically a rehash of the Earhart legend as promoted by George Putnam and Earhart herself during her lifetime and endlessly reiterated and embellished by worshipful biographers like Doris Rich.  Some of the narration in the documentary is outright fiction, like the bit about AE being kicked out of a finishing school for "stunts like walking on the roof in her nightgown."  And don't get me started about Gore Vidal and his supposed memories.  Total hogwash.  The only bright spot in the whole charade is Brad Washburn.  Brad was the real deal - a true explorer and pioneer.  In the early years of the Earhart Project I talked to Brad several times about his experience with AE. His assessment of Earhart as "pathologically optimistic" but totally irresponsible in her preparations for the flight is, I think, perceptive and accurate. Brad died in 2007.

The makers of the documentary had an agenda and they changed the story to make Earhart the person they wanted her to be.  Their message seems to be that the price of courage is death.  I beg to differ.
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