A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Gary LaPook
Date: 2018 Feb 28, 21:47 -0800
TIGHAR is just shacking the begging can again. Janz (a paid for "expert") published a paper disputing the conclusions about the origin of the bones found on Nikumororo in 1940. The doctor who actually had the bones in his hands determinded that it was from a robust MAN, five feet six inches tall, of mixed heritage. The "MAN" part of that should have (and did at the time) rule out the bones as coming from Earhart. TIGHAR has tried to get around that ever since they found out about the bones being examined since they would like to claim that this is proof that Earhart landed on Nikumororo, send us some more money for our next expedition and to cover our "operating costs" (Gillespie paid himself $238,000 as a salary from his "non-profit") and that is where he got Janz to write a paper. Hanz claimed that Dr. Hoodless was mistaken about the sex (Hoodless had the pelvis in his hands the shape of which is determinitive since male and female pelvises are distinctly different) with no basis for that dispute. Then Janz looked at some measurement of the cranium taken by Dr. Hoodless and, using a computer program, determined that there was a small probability that the cranium came from a Nordic female, just the opinion that Gillespied was paying Janz for. Of course Gillespie left out the "small probability" part of the opinion and crowed that this proved that the bones were Earhat's.
After that, two other experts, Cross and Wright, on their own, reviewed the Janz paper and showed where it was wrong and publlished their own findings which is available here:
Gillespie didn't like that one bit and commisioned Janz to write a rebuttal. In doing so, he worked on strengthening his original paper by trying to also get around the height determiniation of 5 ft., 6 in. since Earhart was taller, her pilot license gives her height as 5 feet EIGHT inches as does her passport, (see attached photo I took at the Purdue archives.) In comes another paid expert, Glickman, who claims that he can use special photographic techniques to determine her height. Not surprisingly he determined her height as, wait for it, 5 feet SIX inches. (Glickman is also the guy that calaimed a blob on a 1938 photos was actually the upside down landing gear from the plane stuck in the reef and claimed that independent photo interpreters at the U.S. Department of Stated confirmed his analysis, they didn't. See the actuall DOS documents that I obtained with a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit: )
Glickman also claimed that he could see lines of rivets on a photo of the "patch" on the Electra when it was in Miami as it was leaving and and the piece of aluminum that Gillespie found on Nikumororo had the same line of rivet holes and he promised a paper proving this, three years ago! We're still waiting for that paper.
So now Jantz relies on Glickman's determination of her height (GIGO) to bolster his response to the Cross-Wright paper.
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