Earhart Expedition -
Breakfast With Bob

An Interview With Bob Silvers
By Cassandra Frost
After a hectic week of phone calls from the Earhart dig on Tinian, Bob Silvers and I finally got to meet Friday morning at Kingís restaurant in Tamuning, Guam, for breakfast.
He could be a poster boy for adventurous expeditions.
He's tall, tanned, handsome and blonde in a Robert Redford kind of way. And he's attached to his counterpart, Audrey McCurdy. Together, they make the perfect couple.
He has a background in construction, marine engineering, project management, and sailing. He is also a U.S. Air Force veteran and a licensed pilot.
She is a SCUBA instructor, a computer network administrator and experienced in commercial submarine training and piloting as well as being a Regulatory compliance officer.
They arrived in Guam Thursday night and spent Friday running around trying to get a phone hook up and dial-up internet service. On the mainland, this might be easy. But on Guam, it's like a dog chasing its tail.
Audrey had very limited internet service on Tinian as the hotel rooms had no phone lines in them. The one phone line the hotel had could be used to download data to the expedition's website, but for only 5 or 6 minutes at a time.
She maintains the Tinian Earhart Expedition site at
Bob and Audrey left Europe for Tinian during the first week of November. They had just spent the past 11 months sailing a ship, the Arctic Lady, from Vancouver BC to Lebanon. The web site is at\arcticlady.htm .
Silvers can be considered the Expeditionís catalyst. "I knew Jim Sullivan from before he worked for me at a tourist submarine company, cleaning boats right after the loss of his own boat at sea," Silvers said. "Jim was doing some marketing for me when he started his radio show."
"Then through the submarine company, I wanted to try to get a stop at the Naval Station for a historical tour we were working on so the tourists could walk up a pier and visit the Military Museum that Jennings Bunn was director of," he continued.
"And, in 2002, I flew around the world with Joe Edhlund, from Florida to Guam," he said. "We flew on some of the same routes that Amelia and Fred took and crossed their paths several times."
Some of the flight's photos are at:
After Bob and Audrey arrived on Tinian the week before last, they made arrangements with government officials, set up an office in the hotel and prepared for the four-day dig.
Was the expedition successful?
"Absolutely," stressed Silvers. "We accomplished a lot. All leads in the search for Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan's graves need to be disproved. It's like looking for your keys. You search and find places they aren't till you find them. The same concept applies here."
"The top three things that came out of the expedition are that first, we were able to get government officials, archeologists, historians and the expedition all working together. I"d say that 90% of the people involved believe that what Mr. Naftel saw is there," he explained.
"No one is 100% certain Amelia is buried there because no one involved actually saw the bodies buried," Silvers continued. "But Saint John Naftel saw two graves and no one has any reason to doubt him."
"Second, by digging, we established GPS data for the digital cartography analysis. We got a lot of valuable data," he added.
"Third, we established where she is not buried. Survey points of all activity will help us on our next trips."
Silver's construction background has taught him about the chemistry of dirt. "We believe part of the site may have been napalmed by the Americans as Tinian was the first place napalm was ever used," he said. ì"The color difference of the dirt that Naftel saw on the 7 year old graves could have only been seen if it was defoliated. We could do chemical analysis on the stratified layers to determine if the area was napalmed."
The expedition's next steps?
"We do have a sense of urgency," Silvers said. "Archeology is the study of that which is ancient. In this case ancient is only 67 years ago. We have perishable evidence and irreplaceable oral evidence."
"The real story here is about the process," he went on. "And this is all about finding Amelia. Today, we are trying to locate aerial pictures of Tinian in 1944 that are supposed to be in Hawaii. We're also trying to find the newspaper ad that probably ran in 1936 or 1937 that attracted the Hawaiian worker to Tinian; the same one who showed Naftel the graves."
"We're also trying to find members of the USMC 18th AAA battalion such as a man named C.C. Hall who drove Naftel and the Hawaiian on that day in 1944 as well as witnesses who actually saw Earhart on Saipan," Silvers listed.
"The expedition is far from over," he concluded. "Now, we're using high tech mapping programs to recreate the road using the data we just gathered. We've made great progress and if she is near where Naftel was shown in 1944, we will find her."
Cassandra 'Sandy' Frost is an award winning e-journalist and editor who has covered the topics of Intuition, Remote Viewing and Consciousness from an Athabascan or Alaska Native point of view the past three years.
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