Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Veteran's Day And Hedy Lamarr's 100th Birthday
The above photo, from the Library of Congress, shows an Army mechanic working on a truck. I once heard a theory that the four machines that won World War II were not guns, tanks, planes or other armaments, but rather the C-47 cargo plane, the landing craft, the bulldozer and the 2 1/2 ton truck. It was these machines that enabled men and supplies to get where they needed to be, and so the work this soldier performs on this truck is just as important as a front line soldier, because without food and ammunition, those at the front could not do much.
Today is also the 100th birthday of Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler, a/k/a Hedy Lamarr. Aside from being one of the most beautiful women to ever grace the screen, in 1942, she patented a method for remote radio control of torpedoes that led to technology we still use today in our smart phones.