Call to Adventure!

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2020-04-15
  • Publisher: Dover Pubns

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Sixteen-year-old Idris Galcia Hall was a student at a French convent school in 1922 when she answered an ad in the Riviera Weekly calling for a "Brains, Beauty and Breeches" — an offer for a young woman to join a round-the-world expedition. Be prepared, the notice advised, to "learn to work before and behind a movie camera." Hired as a secretary, the blonde, six-foot teenager renamed herself Aloha Wanderwell and became the face of the team's documentary films. She also developed into an extraordinary filmmaker in her own right, directing and appearing in 11 films, mostly during the 1920s and '30s.
Traveling with the expedition of the charismatic Captain Walter Wanderwell, Aloha circled the globe three times and visited over 80 countries. Along the way, she became a Colonel in the Red Army of Siberia, a hunter of tigers in Indo-China, and a guest of the Maharajah of Gwailor. This memoir of her larger-than-life adventures will stir the hearts of all who sigh for the romance of the early days of car travel and those who savor armchair journeys to the faraway places of a vanished era.

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Blonde, six feet tall, and 16 years old, Aloha Wanderwell (1906–96) was a student at a convent school in France when she answered an ad calling for a "good looking, brainy young woman" to join a round-the-world expedition led by a charismatic entrepreneur. Hired as mechanic, Aloha became the face of the expedition's documentary films; known as the Amelia Earhart of the open road, she developed into a filmmaker in her own right, directing and appearing in 11 films, mostly in the 1920s and 30s.

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