Amelia Earhart visits North Platte

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - The North Platte Town Hall Lecture Series welcomed Amelia Earhart on Wednesday to the North Platte Community Theater. She presented her speech, "Learning to Love the Turbulence."
Earhart is the namesake of the famous Amelia Earhart - who attempted to fly around the world in 1937. The young Earhart spoke of parents who named her after the pilot because of their matching last names. She found out at age 31, after extensive genealogy research, that she has no blood relation to the first Amelia.
The discovery of her kinship came at a difficult time. Earhart said she almost gave up the dream of flying around the world, due to the negative reactions she received when it was discovered there was no familial relationship. She told town hall attendees that she finally realized that she was the person she was because of how she related to the first Amelia, whether she was related to her or not.
Amelia flew the 28,000 miles around the globe in 2014, at the age of 31. She worked hard, all while waiting tables and working at a drive thru restaurant. Eventually she became a journalist for a Denver news station, all while taking flying lessons to make her childhood dream come true.
A luncheon followed the lecture. Amelia Earhart was the special guest, and as an added bonus, those attending were able to submit questions for her.
Earhart has scholarships available for young women to learn how to fly through her foundation, "Fly with Amelia Foundation."