Fwd: [78thASA] For the _Ditty-Boppers_

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jan 20 04:44:01 UTC 2013

Posted merely as an example of the continuing use of _ditty-bopper_
"telegraph-intercept operator" among old boys of the former Army
Security Agency, "78thASA" being the "alumni association" of the 78th
US ASA Special Operations Unit. The 78th was "special ops" only
because it was independent of the command of the US Army Berlin
Brigade, being under the direct command of the US ASA E[urope], itself
under the command of the NSA.

I occasionally wonder when "Special Ops" got the bellicose connotation
that it has today. Back then, "special" in "special operations" had
the same cachet as the "special" in "special troops" - cooks, firemen
(of furnaces), facilities managers, painters, etc. - "special
education," "special borrower," etc.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to come
from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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Date: Sat, Jan 19, 2013 at 8:36 AM
Subject: [78thASA] For the


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Bound and Gagged by Dana Summers

[An unreproducible cartoon of "Mr. & Mrs. Samuel B. Morse and their
two children, Dot and Dash"

Paul B '62-'64



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