FYI October 21, 2018

On This Day

1959 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order transferring Wernher von Braun and other German scientists from the United States Army to NASA.

Operation Paperclip was the best description I could find right now
Operation Paperclip was a secret program of the Joint Intelligence Objectives Agency (JIOA) largely carried out by Special Agents of Army CIC, in which more than 1,600 German scientists, engineers, and technicians, such as Wernher von Braun and his V-2 rocket team, were recruited, after the end of World War II, in Germany and taken to the U.S. for government employment, primarily between 1945 and 1959. Many were former members, and some were former leaders, of the Nazi Party.[1][2]

The primary purpose for Operation Paperclip was U.S. military advantage in the Soviet–American Cold War, and the Space Race. The Soviet Union were more aggressive in forcibly recruiting (at gunpoint) more than 2,200 German specialists—a total of more than 6,000 people including family members—with Operation Osoaviakhim during one night on October 22, 1946.[3]

The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) established the first secret recruitment program, called Operation Overcast, on July 20, 1945, initially “to assist in shortening the Japanese war and to aid our postwar military research”.[4] The term “Overcast” was the name first given by the German scientists’ family members for the housing camp where they were held in Bavaria.[5] In late summer 1945, the JCS established the JIOA, a subcommittee of the Joint Intelligence Community, to directly oversee Operation Overcast and later Operation Paperclip.[6] The JIOA representatives included the army’s director of intelligence, the chief of naval intelligence, the assistant chief of Air Staff-2 (air force intelligence), and a representative from the State Department.[7] In November 1945, Operation Overcast was renamed Operation Paperclip by Ordnance Corps (United States Army) officers, who would attach a paperclip to the folders of those rocket experts whom they wished to employ in America.[5]

In a secret directive circulated on September 3, 1946, President Truman officially approved Operation Paperclip and expanded it to include one thousand German scientists under “temporary, limited military custody”.[8][9][10]


Born On This Day

1911 – Mary Blair, American illustrator and animator (d. 1978)
Mary Blair (born Mary Browne Robinson; October 21, 1911 – July 26, 1978) was an American artist, animator, and designer. She was prominent in producing art and animation for The Walt Disney Company, drawing concept art for such films as Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Song of the South and Cinderella.[1] Blair also created character designs for enduring attractions such as Disneyland’s It’s a Small World, the fiesta scene in El Rio del Tiempo in the Mexico pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase, and an enormous mosaic inside Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Several of her illustrated children’s books from the 1950s remain in print, such as I Can Fly by Ruth Krauss. Blair was inducted into the group of Disney Legends in 1991.




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JJ Luna: Surprise! I always leave a key under my front doormat!
When a burglar wants to break into your home, the first thing he may do is to search for a hidden key. After all, why break down the door if a key is available?

The first place he will look is under your doormat, if you have one. If there is no key there, he will look elsewhere–under a potted plant or among the rocks in a small garden. In my own case, a burglar will indeed find a key under my door mat. With it, he will attempt to unlock my front door. The key will not fit. He may pop around to the back door, thinking the key is for that door. It will not fit that one either.

Why not? The key is for the front door to our old home in Carson City, Nevada. We moved from there 25 years ago! So why do I do this? According to police, the average burglary takes place within 10 to 12 minutes. Time is being wasted! If during the day, he may decide to move on. If at night, bright security lights in my backyard will flash on!

On another subject, some friends keep bugging me to put a blog on my website and to post something on it every week. Actually, I used to have a blog but I quit it several years ago because it just seemed too difficult to come up with a new privacy tip every week.

However, this blog will be different. I’ll just post whatever comes to mind. This may include but will not to limited to security tips, advice to millennials, some new book I am reading, or my opinion as to the two absolutely vital things you should do when you retire.

I hope that at least some of you readers will like this idea. Later on, I may ask some of you for ideas about what subjects you would like to see once in awhile on this weekly blog. I may even invite a few of you readers to do a guest blog once in awhile, as long as it is on some subject that I feel is worthwhile.

Meanwhile, keep those applications for Wyoming LLCs coming! So far, all is going unusually well. I am currently bugging the people at Northwest to come up with new privacy ideas. One that I am working on is to offer–at a reasonable cost– a Wyoming telephone number along with a Wyoming ghost address. They are considering it. If you have any additional ideas about some service you would like to see offered, do let me know. My email is

Looking forward to your comments!

Jack Luna

P.S. I am currently working on an expanded version of “Alone and Afraid?”. The new title will be:

Make Your Home
a Safe Haven

Have you ever had someone break into your apartment or home? Or perhaps this happened to a friend? I ask, because I am looking for true experiences on how the burglar was able to enter. Was it through an unlocked door or an open window? Or was a door kicked in or a window smashed? Was an alarm system turned on? Was a dog inside?

I hope to get some interesting stories to use in the book. Names and locations will of course be changed in order to protect your privacy.

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