Purdue Library Celebrates Wind Beneath Earhart’s Wings March 4, 2010

George Palmer Putnam and Amelia Earhart, circa 1935. (All photos courtesy of Purdue University libraries.) The modern “manufacturing” of celebrities involves finding a camera-friendly face and figure with a charismatic personality, plus an indefinable personal magnetism, and using the power of mass media to create an overnight sensation. Result? A legion of people famous for being famous. Accomplishment is no longer a prerequisite for stardom: savvy promotion trumps talent. But a new exhibit at Purdue…

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