Date: Monday, Oct. 30

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Holiday  Inn, Bozeman

In the 80 years since Amelia Earhart disappeared over the Pacific on one of the final legs of an attempted round- the-world flight, her unknown fate has fascinated generations. Competing theories and their impassioned advocates abound. Marjorie Smith has followed the debate for 50 years and published a novel connected to Earhart’s mysterious disappearance. In June 2017, for a second time, she joined a motley crew of scientists, hobbyists and tourists on a voyage to the uninhabited Phoenix Islands in the Central Pacific, hoping to find evidence that settles the debate for once and for all.

Smith MarjorieInstructor: Marjorie Smith was raised in Bozeman, then left at age 20 to spend two decades at various points in the US and abroad, working as a newspaper reporter, TV news personality, PR specialist, and United States diplomat. She returned to Bozeman in 1984 to experience the realities of paid and unpaid employment in what she had belatedly recognized as the last best place. Her novel, Making Up Amelia, came out in 2012, and she is currently at work on Pomp and Happenstance, a humorous memoir about her years in the foreign service.


Kathryn Earley 2When my husband and I were looking for our place to retire, one of the places we visited was Bozeman.  While we were here we went to the library, where I happened to pick up a Wonderlust brochure.  Here was university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects.  No homework, no exams, no papers, just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It was also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.  I was hooked! Over the past several years, I’ve come to feel strongly about supporting this valuable community resource for lifelong learning, and fortunately there’s a community of dedicated volunteers who feel the same way.

This past year was our first as Friends of MSU Wonderlust, whose mission is to support and promote MSU Wonderlust.  We’ve contributed funds to getting a new projector at Hope Lutheran Church, where many of our classes are held, and to Gallatin Community Radio, which broadcasts many of our Friday Forums.  We’re also sponsors of and taking part in Active Aging Week and the Prime Age 50+ Expo.

In September Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on September 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  Also in September we’ll be a sponsor of the Bozeman Public Library’s celebration of Yellowstone National Park, Our Yellowstone.  

On October 3rdand 4thMSU Wonderlust is hosting an interactive symposium for practitioners and lifelong learners, Lifelong Learning: New Opportunities for Aging Communities.  This symposium, sponsored by Friends of MSU Wonderlust and MSU’s Office of Research and Development, will provide an opportunity to share knowledge, experiences, innovations, and strategies.

Save the dates: Wednesday, October 3, 5 pm – 7 pm, for the opening reception and presentation featuring Dr. Renee Reijo Pero of MSU and Dr. Rick Knopf of Arizona State, and Thursday, October 4, 9 am – 4 pm,for in-depth sessions on various topics, featuring speakers from across Montana and the U.S.  For details on the symposium and on all MSU Wonderlust program offerings, see   

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust