New Subscriber List

Tracer Productions Blog is  starting a new subscriber/user list as of  November 11, 2014.  Our deepest apologies to any real subscribers out there.  Due to the infiltration of so many spam users, the entire list has been deleted. Please forgive any inconvenience that this may have caused anyone. Captcha has been added to registration and log-in pages to verify that humans, and not bots, are becoming subscribers.

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There is a large group of people who are now working on making the web secure for everyone.  They are working on SSL (Secure Socket Layer) that will be available for free to everyone on the web.  They hope to have this available by summer of 2015.

Many people are skeptical, because they do not believe that anything can be free.  Yet the use of WordPress, plug-ins, Drupal, and Joomla are all open source and are for use for free.  So many wasted hours because of spam.  Do what you can to stop spam!

Denver Drum and Dance

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Denver Drum and Dance will be having a weekly event every Sunday night (starting in November) at   7 p.m. to 10 p.m.   This event is sponsored by the Denver Art Society, 734 No. Santa Fe Dr., Denver, and donations are appreciated.  Bring your drums, your percussion instruments, and chairs. Drumming is a fun community event, and has lots of therapeutic effects! Everyone is welcome, and a potluck is usually beforehand.

If you would like to see current events for Denver Drum and Dance, please visit and like their facebook page.

 

Solving the Disappearance of Amelia Earhart

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2015, Hopeful to Solve the Mystery 

by Gail C. Tracy

As a young girl growing up studying American history, it became apparent to me that women were rarely considered to be historically important, unless their achievements far surpassed the men around them. Amelia Earhart is one of those women. To me she is a heroine, a woman of great bravery, with a pioneering spirit that could not be vanquished. I refer to her in the present tense because her spirit is still alive.

Fortunately for her, she been not been born a decade sooner, because she would have had to live by Victorian standards. Even considering that she was born in 1897, it is an amazing fact that she began her first flying lessons in 1921. She was a woman who knew what she wanted, and apparently she wanted it passionately. She worked as a photographer, truck driver, and stenographer to save up $1,000 for her flying lessons. Imagine the inflation on that price by the standards of 2014. Using an inflation calculator, by 2014 the total is $13,297.82!

Her mother also matched her $1,000, despite her reservations. Her aviation career was heavily financed by her grandmother’s inheritance. Amelia became the 16th woman to be issued a pilot’s1280px-Earhart_and_electra license (#6017) on May 15, 1923. On October 22, 1922, Earhart flew her own secondhand plane called “The Canary.” Imagine flying at the altitude of 14,000 ft., and setting the world’s record for female pilots.

By 1928, Amelia had become the first woman to fly solo across the North American continent and back. She began her first competitive air race in 1929, competing with her friend Ruth Nichols. She and her friend, Ruth, were tied for first place at the last intermediate stop when her friend hit a tractor on take-off, flipping over. Amelia never hesitated, and rushed to her friend’s assistance instead of taking off. Only after knowing her friend was ok did she take off, risking her ranking to come in 3rd place.

Amelia Mary Earhart married George P. Putnam on February 7, 1931. Amelia had very liberal views about marriage and considered her marriage a partnership of dual control. She kept her own name, and eventually her husband George (GP) accepted that he would become “Mr. Earhart.”

Amelia has a long history of long solo flights, which brings us to her second world flight with Fred Noonan, which took off on June 1, 1937. After numerous stops in South America, they landed in 18_exteriorwithAENew Guinea on June 29, 1937. On July 2, 1937, midnight GMT, Earhart and Noonan took off from Lae, New Guinea in their plane. Their plane had lost communication on their approach to Howland Island in the Central Pacific Ocean. Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan had disappeared.

TIGHAR, is the acronym for The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, a non-profit 22V1insitufoundation dedicated to promoting responsible aviation archaeology and historic preservation. In 1991, a group of investigators with TIGHAR, while researching the disappearance of Earhart and Noonan, found a sheet of aluminum on the island of Nikumaroro in the Western Pacific.

On October 28, 2014, the Earhart Project Research Bulletin was released with compelling evidence. The sheet of aluminum found on Nikumaroro proves to be a patch that was made over a window before her final take-off from Miami. Using a restored plane (almost identical to Amelia’s plane) for their involved research, they have proven that this piece of aluminum is like a fingerprint to the plane.

I have eagerly digested every fact that has been presented by TIGHAR, and I am thoroughly convinced that Amelia and Fred disappeared on that island. Using sonar data taken in 2012 at the base of the cliff of Nikumororo, there has been a shape identified on the ocean floor which could be a plane. Investigators plan to return to the island in June, 2015.

I am very hopeful that 2015 will bring an amazing discovery equaling that of the raising of the Titanic. Amelia Mary Earhart, what an inspiring 20th century woman you are!

Here are the links for my article:
TIGHAR
Wikipedia
Wired

Katey Laurel at Hampden Hall, Nov. 7

Katey Laurel, singer/songwriter, was chosen as the Country Showdown Colorado State Finalist for her song All The Way Home.  Katey represented Colorado at the Southwest Regional Finals at the Shuler Theater in Raton NM, October 18.  She has an upcoming performance at Hampden Hall on November 7, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.  Don’t miss the chance to hear her live performance!

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Katey Laurel, November 7, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Hampden Hall
Englewood Civic Center
1000 Englewood Pkwy, 2nd Floor
Englewood, CO 80110

For more information about Katey Laurel, you can visit her website.

Beth Williams’ Upcoming CD


Beth Williams is about to release her new CD on October 22, 2014, called Touche.  Here is her latest YouTube video, performing her original Kickin’ Up Dust, with David Snider. Beth has recently moved to Colorado from Texas, and will treat Colorado audiences to her true country style of singing and yodeling.

New Page for Sue Shanahan

Sue Shanahan, Author and Artist

Sue’s blog, Commonplace Grace, is a regular feature in the Huffington Post.  Her latest blog post is about Dr. Maya Angelou.  Tracer’s Blog has added a new page for Sue, and it contains a slideshow of 26 of her illustrations.  Take a look at Sue Shanahan’s Page to read more about her blog and to see her art.