July 20, 2016
Amelia Earhart, Fred Noonan, and Their Electra 10E: The Nikumaroro Hypothesis, presented by Author and Archeologist Thomas F. King, PhD
Author and archeologist Thomas F. King, PhD, joins us for our July 20th members meeting for his presentation on the continuing mystery of the disappearance of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan in 1937. Tom has co-authored the book Amelia Earhart’s Shoes and more recently authored the novel Thirteen Bones.
Several different hypothetical answers have been provided to the question: “What happened to Amelia Earhart?” These include:
- Ran out of gas and crashed into the Pacific
- Captured by the Japanese and executed
- Captured by the Japanese and survived
- Hidden as part of an elaborate espionage operation by the U.S., Great Britain, or others
- Trapped in a time /space warp
- Returned to the U.S. and died in the 1990’s
- And the Nikumaroro Hypothesis – landed, survived awhile, and died on Nikumaroro atoll in the Phoenix Islands.
Tom is the senior archeologist for The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) which has carried out interdisciplinary research testing the Nikumaroro Hypothesis, and may be coming close to the answer. He is currently working with Cupertino-based Betchart Expeditions, planning a 2017 return to Nikumaroro. He will bring brochures highlighting his co-leading the cruise to that remote Pacific island. He is recruiting passengers for the trip. For more details go to: www.niku2017.com.
About Tom King, PhD
Tom holds a PhD in anthropology from University of California, Riverside. He is a former U.S. Government employee who is now a self-employed cultural heritage and environmental impact assessment consultant based in Silver Spring, Maryland. He spent his youth in Petaluma (1946-1961) cutting his teeth in anthropology investigating prehistoric Native American sites and organizing the now quiescent Northwestern California Archeological Society. Tom will be offering book sales and personal autographs during his visit.
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3200 N. Laughlin Road. Santa Rosa, CA, 95403
Air Show Meeting: Same location, 6:00 p.m.
Directions: From Santa Rosa, take Highway 101 North and exit at Airport Blvd. Turn left on Laughlin Road toward the museum. The Columbia Distributing building is located on the left (east) side of the street a couple hundred yards past the museum.