Skip to comments.Eighth-Grader Helps Debunk Lindbergh Myth
Posted on 12/28/2005 9:01:54 AM PST by Cagey
AP) Little Falls, Minn. It has been reported many times that the residents of Little Falls were so angry with hometown hero Charles Lindbergh's comments that the U.S. should stay out of World War II that they painted over his name on the water tower.
The story was part of a PBS documentary about the famous pilot. It was reported in a Pulitzer Prize-winning biography released in 1999.
However, many experts doubt it happened. "I've heard the stories but I've never seen the documentation myself," said Marlene White, president of the Anoka-based Lindbergh Foundation.
There are some newspaper articles from the 1940s that back up that skepticism.
Two years ago, an eighth-grader in St. Paul researching an essay on Lindbergh found the articles from the Little Falls hometown newspapers from 1942 -- a year after Lindbergh made his famous comments during a speech in Des Moines, Iowa.
He was widely criticized for saying: "The three most important groups who have been pressing this country toward war are the British, the Jewish and the Roosevelt administration."
However, the articles from the Little Falls newspapers report that the city still intended to paint Lindbergh's name to the water tower, but that city leaders were having some trouble finding a qualified painter.
"I just think it was a mistake. I don't think anybody made it up on purpose," said Ellen Rice, now a 15, of the water tower story.
One article mentions an unnamed Minneapolis reporter who acknowledged he wrote -- with little evidence -- that Lindbergh's name was removed from the tower because of the city's disdain.
Nonetheless, the story has been repeated for decades.
"It's sort of become legend," said Mary Warner, president of the Charles Weyerhaeuser History Museum in Little Falls, near the home where Lindbergh grew up. "We just keep trying to say, 'No, that's not what happened."'
Bush created the Myth.....
He was proven wrong when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor.
Once something enters "popular lore", good luck removing it - facts or not.
Ancestor's of Mary Mapes?........
Once again, an eighth-grade intelligence sees through the MSM.
I think that is a pretty valid point.
So Lindbergh is smarter than Pat Buchanan?
Think Snopes will bother with this?
"He was proven wrong when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor."
Actually, according to current high school teachings, the Americans attacked the Japanese at Pearl.
To hear the left spin it today, Japan was justified in striking out at the Imperialist Americans.
Dec 8, 1941 and these two men would change their minds. Ford called Roosevelt and offered all he had to support the war effort. The River Rouge plant would be converted from automobile to tanks, aircraft, and other war materiel production.
Charles Lindbergh would have his Air Force Rank reinstated and would go to the Pacific theater where he trained aviators in fuel management for long overwater sortees. He trained the squadron who flew the Yamamoto mission and I had the good fortune to meet one of those aviators. Lindbergh flew combat missions but was never credited with the kills because he wasn't supposed to do dat!!!
Must be gorgeous.
Reporter Brian Ross: "Mary Mapes was the woman behind the scenes, the producer who researched, wrote and put together Dan Rathers 60 Minutes report on President Bushs National Guard service, a report which Rather and CBS would later apologize for airing...."
Ross to Mapes: "Do you still think that story was true?
"Ex-CBS producer Mary Mapes: "The story? Absolutely."
Ross: "This seems remarkable to me that you would sit here now and say you still find that story to be up to your standards."
Mapes: "Im perfectly willing to believe those documents are forgeries if theres proof that I havent seen."
Ross: "But isnt it the other way around? Dont you have to prove theyre authentic?"
Mapes: "Well, I think thats what critics of the story would say. I know more now than I did then and I think, I think they have not been proved to be false, yet."
Ross: "Have they proved to be authentic though? Isnt that really what journalists do?"
Mapes: "No, I dont think thats the standard." ABCs Good Morning America, November 9.
Mary Mapes --- what a GAPING *SSHOLE!
Japan struck us because they were afraid we would use a weapon of mass destruction on them.
I never knew that. I wonder if Doolittle ever thought about seeking his advice in fuel management.
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