Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Earhart, Lindbergh: Separated at Birth?

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Earhart, Lindbergh: Separated at Birth?

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On a Tuesday night in July 1928, all Jacksonville -- thems as

had 'em -- huddled around radios to hear live from Madison

Square Garden in New York City, through the courtesy of the

Crenshaw-Stanley Motor Co., of 315 W. Monroe St., and the

Mangels Motor Co., 15 E. Ashley St., the voice of Amelia

Earhart, the most famous woman in the world.

One month before she became the first woman to fly across the

Atlantic Ocean. A week before she returned to Boston. America

would hear her tell of her flight for the first time, thanks to

Crenshaw-Stanley and Mangels and 38 Chrysler dealers across the


Two guys named Stultz and Gordon flew across the Atlantic, too,

at the same time in the same airplane, but Earhart was getting

all the ink, mostly because she was the only one with bobbed hair.

The trio had just been honored with a parade down Broadway, just

a couple of days after former Jacksonville flier Carl Ben

Eielson was likewise honored for flying across the top of the


But Eielson was always the forgotten flier, and "Lady Lindy,"

Amelia Earhart, was the toast of the USA, the first lady of

flight, which she would remain for the next nine years.

And Amelia belonged to Chrysler, which in Jacksonville was the

Crenshaw-Stanley Motor Co., distributor, and the Mangels Motor

Co., city dealer, and which had just introduced two entirely new

Chrysler Sixes, the 75 and the 65, deliberately designed and

executed to inspire public admiration to such a pitch that they

would immediately supersede all that had gone before and usher

into existence an entirely new motoring vogue, as the Amelia ad

people put it.

"Miss Earhart and Men Talk Over Radio," The Florida Times-Union

headlined on its front page the following day.

In her arch and somewhat tinny voice, she regretted only the

public disposition to make her a "side-show curiosity" because

she happened to be the first woman to fly the ocean.

"The result is that the two fine boys who bore the brunt of the

flight -- Bill Stultz and Lou Gordon, whose skill got us across

-- are put into the background and that is all wrong, for it is

to them that the full share of credit belongs. …

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