The secret job they could finally reveal

The secret job they could finally reveal
 They built spy satellites during the Cold War.


(Click to enlarge this formerly top-secret document.)

When I was a kid, either a relative or a friend of my family (even my mom can’t remember) worked at the Perkin Elmer company in Danbury, Connecticut. As a kid, I didn’t know or care very much about what adults did for their jobs, but in this case, if anyone had squealed, I would have been fascinated:

For more than a decade they toiled in the strange, boxy-looking
building on the hill above the municipal airport, the building with no
windows (except in the cafeteria), the building filled with secrets.

They wore protective white jumpsuits, and had to walk through
air-shower chambers before entering the sanitized "cleanroom" where the
equipment was stored.

They spoke in code.

Few knew the true identity of "the customer" they met in a
smoke-filled, wood-paneled conference room where the phone lines were
scrambled. When they traveled, they sometimes used false names.

At one point in the 1970s there were more than 1,000 people in the
Danbury area working on The Secret. And though they worked long hours
under intense deadlines, sometimes missing family holidays and
anniversaries, they could tell no one not even their wives and
children what they did.

Read the rest of the article: Decades later, a Cold War secret is revealed. San Francisco Chronicle>>

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