Excerpts

The Great Britain Years

We arrived in Dover in late November or early December of 1946. Open military trucks awaiting our arrival took us in the dark cold evening air to some “transit camp” just outside the town. I do not remember much about the place because we only stayed there for three days and during that time we were mostly confined to the Nissen huts that were our home for the duration. Food was brought to us by soldiers, presumably from a military canteen on site. Read more…

The USA Years 1975 – 1980

It was Monday July 21, three days after our arrival in the United States and my first official day as general manager of Microtectonics; on that beautiful, sunny morning and amid the chirping of the birds in the park-like setting around the Microtectonics plant I had walked in feeling very energized at the prospect of starting this new phase of my life. I greeted everyone with a cheery smile but could not help noticing a muted atmosphere throughout and the way the people glanced at each other as they quietly returned my greeting without looking at me. Surely they were not resentful of my arrival? Finally I asked Barbara Bardonaro, an assembler who had been pointed out to me previously as a regular troublemaker, the fateful question. Read more…

Canada 1963 to 1968

On November 22, while I was working in the lab doing some measurements on an early prototype, someone told me that President Kennedy had just been shot dead in Dallas. I could hardly believe it; I then met Herb Johnson in the corridor and almost stuttering with shock I shared the news with him — and was then dealt another shock as with a stupid grin on his gaunt face he replied laconically “Oh yeah? I’d be worried if he was a Republican.” The partisan aspect of his comment meant nothing to me; I was just disgusted by its callousness. Read more…

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