In going through my old documents and souvenirs I found this old Service Recognition Dinner Reception Program that I attended with my wife Pat on October 3, 1991 at the Ethan Allen Inn, Danbury, CT. Unfortunately some of them are no longer with us but they were all wonderful colleagues that I worked with and many of us became good friends. I hope you have as many good special memories of them as I do. They were all talented members of the fantastic team that worked on and contributed to the success of the Hexagon Reconnaissance Satellites that helped keep the peace in the world for 15 years between 1971 and 1986. Many also worked on other high performance projects such as the Hubble Space Telescope, and some worked on important and successful classified programs. I have been and still am proud to have worked with them.
It has been so many years since we had PDR’s, CDR’s and other reviews. The hardest ones were the internal ones that we had to do for Perkin-Elmer’s own upper management including Arnie Wallace who really made you sweat. These were followed by the real ones for our customers and their consultants. Some of their questions were tough and some were inane such as “when do you expect to get your connectors delivered.” I remember Marty Yellin starting his presentation with a questions for John Love, a customer consultant “Any questions so far John?” Here is a photo and an identification chart of one of the last Program Review in the mid eighties.
The Hexagon spy satellite looked at the earth with extraordinary photographic resolution. So did the Hubble Space Telescope looking at the stars and both were designed and built by Perkin-Elmer. Here are some photos relevant to the Hubble.
On Wednesday, October 3, 2018 there was a celebration at the former Perkin-Elmer building on Wooster Heights road in Danbury, CT. Approximately 100 alumni of PE and wives attended. It was to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the building in April 1968 that was to be exclusively used for the development of the Hexagon KH-9 reconnaissance satellite.
Eventually the building was expanded to accommodate the Hubble Space Telescope and other programs.
People gathered in the cafeteria for finger foods. James Outzen of the NRO (National Reconnaissance Office) spoke about Hexagon and there were several tours of portions of the building including the machine shop, polishing room and Hi-bay areas. No souvenirs. As expected the best part was interactions between colleagues who haven’t seen each other in a long time.
Here are just a few photos of bricks planted in the ground near the flagpole with the names of Perkin-Elmer Alumni.