Last night I went to bed and the world was what it was. This morning I wake up and find out that Julia Child, Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg, Chicago White Sox catcher Moe Berg, John Hemingway, son of author Ernest Hemingway, Quentin and Kermit Roosevelt, sons of President Theodore Roosevelt, Miles Copeland, father of Stewart Copeland, drummer for the band The Police and and Thomas Braden, an author whose “Eight Is Enough” book inspired the 1970s television series amongst many others were all operatives for the OSS. The OSS for those who don’t know was the forerunner for the CIA.
And these guys weren’t just doing office work. Oh noooooooo. Some of the files coming out have these people working on top level projects and working behind enemy lines. Anyone remember a character actor by the name of Sterling Hayden? He was the crooked cop (Capt. McCluskey) in The Godfather. His files have him running missions behind the German lines, single handedly stopping some German plots and having at least one “run for your life” moment that rivals anything in a Hollywood film. His record is filled with notes of his heroism and almost reckless disregard for his own safety when it came to completing a mission and saving other people’s lives.
The complete list should be available by this weekend, but what has come out today is absolutely amazing. There were some real Jason Bourne type of spy boys and spy girls working against the Nazi war machine who later went on to lead very public lives with very public personas that are almost impossible to reconcile with the information of the lives they once led that is coming out today.
I know better than to believe that spies, agents and special operatives look like Matt Damon and Arnold Schwarzenegger. I’ve met guys that used to be in the cloak and dagger business. I’ve met guys that used to do counter terrorism. Hell, I’ve met the former Navy SEAL who founded SEAL Team Six. I knowthat the cover of the book ain’t as easy to judge as it should be. But some of the people involved in the declassified documents coming out today? Blew my f’n little mind.