But let me reassure readers, and future thesis perpetrators: I have not given "..airy nothing/ A local habitation and a name." All the things in my stories actually happened.The Old Man really did order the support columns removed from the SSEC room.
The only restriction I really want is, no alterations, or elisions which change [my] intentions." To this I would add that the definitive, complete, and up-to-date Web copy of this work is to be found in the following location; copies at other sites might be dated, incomplete, or altered: This is a simple, monolothic, and validated HTML file, 1.7MB in size, representing over 500 printed pages, self-contained, fully searchable, and displayable by any browser.
The only cautions for viewing, other than sheer size, are the presence of several tables, which browsers such as Lynx might not format correctly, and the fact that it contains a fair number of words in German, French, and other languages containing accented characters, coded in ISO 8859-1 Latin Alphabet 1, properly announced.
What I have finally chosen to do is to slice it so as to feature wonderful people: some of them famous, like the great Vons - von Braun, von Karman, von Neumann; some of them tremendously significant but not so well known, like L. Comrie and Wallace Eckert; some of them just vivid and exciting, and important to me because they were wonderfully human if not historic.
I aspire to Magic Realism - a picture somewhat larger and much clearer than life.
The television link between the jet engine test cells in Lynn and the GE 704 really did click only a few moments before the generals and the airline presidents arrived.