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  •  Amelia Earhart (5+ / 0-)

    As a schoolgirl, my mother wrote to Earhart asking for an autograph, which she received.

    I have books signed by Arlo Guthrie, Garrison Keillor, John Sayles, and Garry Wills. The Free Library in our city has multiple author events with book signings.

    And somewhere in my house I have a postcard written and signed by Robert Heinlein, from the one and only fan letter I ever wrote.

    My karma ran over my dogma

    by Phillyfreedom on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 10:08:29 AM PDT

    •  Earhart has to be the winner today...along with TR (5+ / 0-)

      ----among others....Wow.

      What I find amazing today is how few mentioned how "valuable" some of their autographs are----they don't see it as a money thing; but cherish simply having a true memory....

      Nice!!!!

    •  There is a dormitory (4+ / 0-)

      named for her at Purdue University.

      Earhart joined the faculty of the Purdue University aviation department in 1935 as a visiting faculty member to counsel women on careers and help inspire others with her love for aviation.
      There is a very cool statue of her in front of the dorm.

      There's a nice detail shot here.

      "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them...well, I have others." --Groucho Marx

      by Dragon5616 on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 12:42:48 PM PDT

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      •  I'm struck by (4+ / 0-)

        the fact that she must have been a tall woman from this rendering.

        One doesn't get that from photographs, but the long, lean, lankiness is really captured by that statue.

        Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

        by a gilas girl on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 01:36:16 PM PDT

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        •  Here's what (2+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Phil S 33, Darryl House

          one site says:

          Documented physical descriptions of Amelia Earhart are rare. The only source known at present is Transport Pilot’s License No. 5716 granted by the U.S. Department of Commerce on May 1, 1930 to “Amelia M. Earhart.” The certificate describes the recipient’s age as 31, “weight 118 lbs., height 5 feet 8 inches, hair blond, eyes grey [sic].” It is not known whether this information was provided by an independent source (such as a physician) or by the applicant. If the latter, its precision is somewhat suspect. Generally both men and women tend to understate their weight and overstate their height.

          Photographs of Amelia Earhart are, of course, abundant. They show a woman of lanky build with proportionate features.

          "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them...well, I have others." --Groucho Marx

          by Dragon5616 on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 04:03:06 PM PDT

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