The Swing Shift Shuffle is a radio program of swing, big band, jazz, boogie woogie and other popular music from the 1930's and 40's that airs every Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (US Central Time) on WEVL 89.9 FM in Memphis, Tennessee, with a live webcast at In addition to the radio show, this blog is dedicated to all aspects of the Swing Era, including art, automobiles, cartoons, comics, history, movies, music, news, science, technology, and anything else that happened during that time. It also includes announcements about events in the Memphis/Mid-South area related to the Swing Era, such as classic movies, concerts, dances, lectures, etc. If you see something that fits the description, send it to me at If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.

Monday, July 13, 2009

World War II Code Breakers Honored

From via Boing Boing: As we get back to work today, it seems appropriate to recognize some people who did some amazing, important, and for a very long time, secret work. The UK government is honoring the veterans of Bletchley Park, a quiet English estate that, during World War II, was the home of British intelligence code breaking and cryptogrophy, a/k/a "Station X." Through their work, these quiet, clever folks shortened the war by over two years, and saved millions of lives. The Nazis thought the "Enigma" machine code was unbreakable (photo). Bletchley Park cracked it, and in the process, advanced technology by building one of the worlds first programmable computers.

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