We all know who Amelia Earhart is — the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
Think for a moment about why you know that. You probably can’t name the first woman to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean, or the first woman to circumnavigate the entire planet in an airplane by herself. And Earhart not only had company on the flight across the Atlantic — she didn’t even fly the plane.
So what’s so special about Amelia? Why is her name an iconic one in America, and why don’t we know who Geraldine Mock is with the same level of reliability and insight into her accomplishments? (She was the first woman to circumnavigate the globe alone in an airplane, incidentally.)
At Inman Connect New York, Lion & Orb founder and public relations master Audie Chamberlain explained everything: We know Amelia Earhart’s name because almost one hundred years ago, a publicist named George Putnam wanted her to be the face of modern aviation. He was so successful in his goal that today, in 2016, she is still the face of aviation.
Chamberlain’s talk also covered a base jumper’s partnership with Red Bull and the very beginnings of the place we now know as Long Island in New York. If you missed the presentation, check out the video and the slides he presented on stage: