In order to fully understand the story of Amelia Earhart, we need to go right back to the beginning. Amelia was born in 1897 to parents Amy and Edwin. She was delivered in her maternal grandfather’s home, federal judge Alfred Gideon Otis.
Amelia was the apple of their eyes after their first child was stillborn. Her younger sister Grace was her biggest fan and looked up to her.
Never to Be Seen Again
On 2 July 1937, Earhart and Noonan were struggling to communicate with their next fuel stop in Itasca. Before catching a flight they were told to expect fairly good weather. Instead, the sky became cloudy and it was virtually impossible for Noonan to navigate by the stars.
The last form of communication received from the duo was at 8:43 am when Earhart said, “we are running north and south.” That was the last time anyone ever heard from them again.
Amelia Earhart has achieved many feats in her lifetime, and people have said many things about her, but one thing that everyone is in agreement on is that she is one of the most influential women of all time. Before embarking on her fatal flight across the Pacific, she penned one last letter.
In that letter, she wrote: “Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be a challenge to others.”
Meeley and Pidge
As most children do, Amelia Earhart had a nickname. Her nickname lived on long into her adult years. Her friends and family would call her “Meeley” while her sister Grace was referred to as “Pidge”.
This was befitting of her mother’s parenting style. She wanted her kids to find what made them unique and live life by their own rules.
Ready. Set. Adventure.
Amelia Earhart’s adventurous escapades started early on in her childhood. The future pilot and her sister would run around the neighborhood getting into all kinds of mischief.
The fearless sister duo would go on all kinds of daring adventures such as hunting rodents, climbing trees, and sliding down hillsides.