Upcoming Dinner Program
AmeliaIn June we welcome historian and author Barbara Schultz to discuss Endorsed by Earhart: How Amelia Financed her Flying, a project which documents the many endorsements Amelia made before her untimely death in 1937. Following her historic flight aboard the Friendship in 1928, Amelia Earhart became the most sought after celebrity to endorse products. She represented courage, independence, and the modern woman despite the fact that she simply crossed the Atlantic as a passenger. Her photogenic image and testimonials enhanced sales from automobiles to magazines to chocolate bars. In return, whether quid pro quo or cash payments, Amelia was able to finance her flying. The book also reflects the creativity of manufacturers during the 1930s to remain competitive - whether they built cars or published magazines.

Barbara Schultz now has four books in print: Pancho: The Biography of Florence Lowe Barnes; Wedell-Williams Air Service; Flying Carpets, Flying Wings: The Biography of Moye W. Stephens; and Endorsed by Earhart: How Amelia Financed her Flying. Barbara earned her pilot’s license in 1978, purchased a 1950 Cessna 140A, and married her test pilot husband Phil. Two years and two sons later, they established their own airport in the Antelope Valley where they still live.