Earth's Rotation

Paul Convertino who was the manager of the Optical Technology Division’s Systems Department in Danbury told me this story some years ago.

Back in the late 1960’s the Perkin-Elmer marketing people had an advertisement that was on television and it showed a space view of the earth and talked about all the good science that Perkin-Elmer was doing, but the earth was rotating in the wrong direction. Paul said “I remember a senior CIA manager that we were meeting with on an old program coming in to me and said “great aerospace guys you are, you don’t even know which way the earth is turning.”  One of our guys said, “You customer guys are so powerful why don’t you get to rotate the earth in the other direction.”