Saw a great program on Hedy Lemarr on Netflix awhile back. After learning what she invented, I think she should be remembered more for her invention side than her movie star side.
She was a refugee from Hitler’s Austria, yet the Govt seized her “frequency hopping” invention as an “enemy alien”; still they asked her to tour the country as a Hollywood star selling war bonds.
That invention today is the basis for cell phone technology.
Today that one invention of hers alone is worth an estimated $30 Billion.
Awhile back I posted what I considered to be signs of genius; Hedy certainly makes the grade.
I remember from the Netflix documentary that she used to work on her inventions while in her movie trailer waiting for the next scene.
David Foster of Chicago Boyz has a great post on her.
Update – 01/22/19 22:16 – I just saw Bombshell , the Netflix documentary, again. What an amazing woman. Her main invention, which was taken from her without any compensation, is today the basis of cell phone technology, secure WiFi, military communication…
The documentary closed with her quoting a beautiful poem by Kent Keith towards the end of her life:
The Paradoxical Commandments
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.”
The town of Paradise, CA being engulfed by fire
Funny that I just wrote about visiting the epicenter of the Camp Fire, the most destructive wildfire in California history, and all the news today in Northern California is about the impending announcement of declaring bankruptcy by the utility that covers most of Northern California, PG & E (Pacific Gas and Electric).
“Under California law, utilities are exposed to liability from wildfires regardless of their negligence.”
While my town is not in danger from what has become California’s most destructive wildfire (I am about 100 miles south), we have felt the effects. So far, just for the Camp Fire up north 63 have died, with more than 600 unaccounted for. As far as property damage, as of this writing 11,682 structures (including homes) have been destroyed. It is, I believe, California’s most destructive wildfire.
The smoke is pervasive, looking like a morning fog that is starting to lift. Visibility today was hampered with 1/2 mile visibility on the freeway I was using.
The effects are even felt in one’s home, with some coughing and burning eyes.
In an effort to archive “all the Lex” we can, I started combing the Wayback Archives and came across this series. This is a service that sends out “spiders” – software that copies and archives web pages. So while you can see how the original Neptunus Lex website looked, it didn’t collect every day. If you look through the years, there are some occasions where it didn’t collect for a few months! Other times it came 4-5 times a day.
No rhyme or reason to it.
I came across this series, written by a guest blogger, recalling his days stationed in the Philippines with a Marine squadron. He had taken notes of his times there, and here he puts it to “pen and paper“.
I believe that he was a gunnery sgt.
So, we are missing a few episodes. While I know it is frustrating to miss a few sections, it is better to have “some” than “none” not only for this work by itself, but to get a flavor for Lex’s website.
But we have the beginning and the end.
Back To The Secondary Index
I thought I would post a few more pictures of my Army time in Germany – 1973-1974. Hard to believe it has been that long.
I love to travel – have a wanderlust gene apparently. I am running out of space on this website with the current plan – free! – and re-posting Lex’s posts takes priority – so I am having to shrink the pictures – my apologies. Perhaps I should start another site devoted to my past travels?
Filed under History, Travel
The Army can’t MAKE you do anything. It can make you WISH you hadn’t done it…
—-Drill Sgt Claiborne, Ft Ord, CA Sep ’72
The results of the soldier who deliberately sabotaged the parachute rigging dropping the HUMVEES in Germany...
How anyone of any faith could justify this:
What is the appropriate public response to the brutal rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl? That the question even needs asking suggests the moral abyss into which Indian politics has fallen. Those most responsible: Hindu extremists who value ideology over basic human decency.