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Jack Scully 
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Re: “What Is That White Dome on a Hill Overlooking St. Albans?

A good friend of mine was an airman at this radar site in 1961-1962. Trained as an electronic technician at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi, he often regaled us with stories of his duty at the Dome.

For 8-hour shifts, he sat at a large CRT screen watching for blips (Soviet aircraft) coming south through the Arctic Circle. He took the job seriously for about a month before realizing it was a fool's mission. That's when the fun began. He and his buddies soon discovered a way to patch into AT&T telephone lines from the USAF secure communications network. He estimated he spent 2-3 hours a day talking to girl friends and fellow airmen at other Domes. He and a computer savvy buddy at a Dome site in New York used their monitors and telephones to daily play an early version of online chess.

To this day whenever I see the white dome on the horizon, I am reminded not just of the Cold War, but also of the ingenuity of young men and women who used their native intelligence and wits to pass the time away.

Posted by Jack Scully on 05/30/2017 at 8:56 PM

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