4 Oct 57

blog post
Guilty if charged!
What I read was dated, so I could not help myself. I’m breaking my break!

Where were you on October 4, 1957? That year the 4th was on a Friday.

I was with an Army Security Agency electronic equipment installation team at Chitose, Japan. I wasn’t directly involved in monitoring Russian rocket launches; but working with operators, our team tested the installed equipment.

A telemetry intelligence (TELINT) intercept operator testing a workstation said something like, “This one is different,” as he turned on a speaker. [mfn]Of course, there was a parallel live intercept at the still in operation ‘for real’ worksite.[/mfn] TELINT was and is the mission of collecting and analyzing of signals from and about guided missiles and space missions.

I still remember the beep, beep, beep, sound from the speaker. It was a little like the sound I hear when my coffee machine tells me brewing is complete.

Sputnik, the first man-made satellite, transmitted radio signals back to earth strong enough to be picked up by amateur radio operators. But ASA operators were far above amateur status.

The Agency’s unofficial motto, “In God we trust – all others we monitor,” was in full operation.

As my octogenarianism continues, my mind wanders as I wonder.
Or could it be that my mind wonders as I wander?
It is a fact that I have opinions – or is it?