Julia Child Was A Spy

14 08 2008

I’ve always wanted to be a spy. Well, not really, but they drink martinis and drive cool cars or is that just James Bond? I don’t know a lot about being a spy. My spy knowledge is not extensive.

But, hot damn on a cracker, Julia Child is billy badass.

Famed chef Julia Child shared a secret with Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg and Chicago White Sox catcher Moe Berg at a time when the Nazis threatened the world.

They served in an international spy ring managed by the Office of Strategic Services, an early version of the CIA created in World War II by President Franklin Roosevelt.

The full secret comes out Thursday, all of the names and previously classified files identifying nearly 24,000 spies who formed the first centralized intelligence effort by the United States. The National Archives, which this week released a list of the names found in the records, will make available for the first time all 750,000 pages identifying the vast spy network of military and civilian operatives.

But no, there is more and it’s amazing.

Among the more than 35,000 OSS personnel files are applications, commendations and handwritten notes identifying young recruits who, like Child, Goldberg and Berg, earned greater acclaim in other fields _ Arthur Schlesinger Jr., a historian and special assistant to President Kennedy; Sterling Hayden, a film and television actor whose work included a role in “The Godfather”; and Thomas Braden, an author whose “Eight Is Enough” book inspired the 1970s television series.

Other notables identified in the files include John Hemingway, son of author Ernest Hemingway; Quentin and Kermit Roosevelt, sons of President Theodore Roosevelt, and Miles Copeland, father of Stewart Copeland, drummer for the band The Police.

Miles Copeland? Thomas Braden?

Groovy.

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2 responses

14 08 2008
Sarcastro

The story about Julia Child being in the OSS has been around since I was a kid. Why is this being trumpeted as “news”?

14 08 2008
newscoma

Umm, because apparently you are older than me and wiser. You are the wisest. šŸ™‚
YouI had no idea.
Now, as for news, that I can’t answer.
MSM sucks?

Sarcastro, that’s all I got.

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