Monday, April 09, 2007

New Archaeology Channel video Richard Pettigrew emails their latest film. This week it's Amelia Earhart.

The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) is
hot on the trail of clues that may lead to an answer to the question
of what happened to Amelia and her navigator, Fred Noonan, on that
fateful day, July 2, 1937. Two of the chief TIGHAR reseachers are
Ric Gillespie, co-founder and Executive Director of the organization,
and Dr. Tom King, TIGHAR Senior Archaeologist. In late March 2007,
TIGHAR announced the discovery of a previously unknown diary of an
Associated Press reporter who was on the scene of the disappearance.
This news rekindled widespread media interest in the Earhart
mystery. TIGHAR's hypothesis that Earhart and Noonan landed and were
marooned and died on the tiny Pacific island of Nikumaroro elevates
archaeology to a chief research tool in the research. TIGHAR plans
its fifth expedition to Nikumaroro during July 2007.

Eh. I'm sure it's a fascinating film, but the whole "Where Is Amelia Earhart" issue leaves me cold. I wonder how many other 1-2-person aircraft or boats have gone completely missing over the years and no one bats an eye. Probably thousands. If Joe and Jane Schmoe's plane is flying over the Pacific and doesn't make it to its destination, we assume it had some sort of mechanical problem, fell into the ocean and sank to the bottom, unreachable except perhaps by some chance rendezvous with a deep-sea expedition. But let it be someone famous and every little tidbit of information leads people scurrying to test out their latest theory.

That's just kind of a generalized curmudgeonly rant, by the way. Whatever floats your boat (or sinks your plane!) I always say.

[Edit] At the time I am posting this, that video hasn't been put up yet.