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JIM FREEDMAN

Jim Freedman - Area-51 1960s 

Ralph James (Jim, Jake,)Freedman, born Cook County, Chicago, IL headed West to California 1933 and settled in Glendale, where he attended High School and Jr. College but he first joined the US Marine Corp 1943 and was discharged 1945. Then attended electronics school in Hollywood before entering the work force at Lockheed Aircraft. The Freedman family then moved to Las Vegas, permanently 1953 going to work for EG&G Inc a contractor for the AEC. While working for this company (a prime supplier of talent for the Atomic Energy Commission), he participated in most of the above ground atomic testing both at the Nevada Test Site and Marshall Islands testing sites. He spent a total of twenty years with this company of which during this time he also worked at a place that did not exist. Wishing to help friends make major changes to the slot machine industry he proceeded to work for the Boyd Gaming Group 1973, spending the next twenty one years at the California Hotel and Casino & Sam's Town as Slot Department Manager.

Jim and Margie were married at the Little Church of the West, (located Last Frontier Hotel/Casino) in 1950 and she still wonders why, after 59 years, he still has not learned any Swedish from this girl born in Stockholm, Sweden. All celebrations include their three children Ralph, Gary and Linda and spouses Cathy/R, Richard/Linda and Gary/son Austin.

When John "Hank" Meierdierck mentioned the "ROADRUNNERS" to Jim during a bowling session, he jumped at the chance of becoming a life-time member. As Jim had performed some"work" at the site for Hank (never getting a shot off) they stayed friends till the end.

Jim is very, very, proud to be a member of such an group of COLD WAR SILENT WARRIORS such as the Roadrunners. Horah

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Transfer of first A-12 Article from Burbank to Groom Lake EG&G Special Projects performing RCS evaluation of A-12 Article at Groom lake EG&G Special Projects performing RCS evaluation of A-12 Article at Groom lake EG&G Special Projects performing RCS evaluation of A-12 Article at Groom lake EG&G Special Projects performing RCS evaluation of A-12 Article at Groom lake EG&G Special Projects performing RCS evaluation of A-12 Article at Groom lake

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EG&G Special Projects building at Groom Lake - 1960s 70 MH radar used for RCS tests at Groom Lake Control Console
Control Control data recorder room Nike bull gear interface w/HP radar
Mission Plotting Control Console Power Supply Cabinets data recording room
data recording room

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