There is a bond among people in like professions, but I believe a stronger than usual bond exists among we who “met” people before actually seeing them. Today’s technology allows instant voice, visual, and almost instant personal communication. Yesterday’s old-fashioned radio technology using only dots and dashes, that unbelievably came to an official end only several tens of years ago, was born at the beginning of the 20th century, grew up and flourished over the years in a way that molded its practitioners into a community where everyone knew everyone else, by reputation if not personally. The chatter of those dits and dahs after working hours among friends, be they separated by mere miles or wide oceans, evokes memories of stormy or snowy evenings where the operating room is lighted with the friendly, orange glow of tubes and perfumed by the waxy smell of warm radio components. Distance vanishes, and whether through a speaker or intimately confined by earphones inside one’s head, the “voices” are heard, each individual’s “fist,” or manner of sending recognized, the friends are there, and the conversations are deeply etched into memories in a strange, long-lasting way.


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Arthur SandstromBorn in rural Poulsbo, Washington and raised by his grandparents, Arthur C. Sandstrom reflects much of his Norwegian heritage and old-fashioned upbringing. He was educated by the same teachers who taught his mother, ran movies at the local theater, worked several times at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in nearby Bremerton, and spent five years in the local National Guard unit. Arthur joined the U.S. Army’s Alaska Communication System in 1955 and spent ten continuous years in Nome, interrupted only by in-place transfer to the U.S. Air Force. He developed a deep and abiding interest in the Inuit culture and experienced much of its customs and way of life while in Alaska. After leaving Nome, Arthur transitioned to the Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations and spent time in Texas, Washington, DC, and Germany. Retiring after 21 years, he worked for the CIA in communications then became a special agent with the Department of Defense. He finally formally retired and has done special investigating for various Federal agencies. Arthur enjoys writing stories, amateur radio, metal detecting, classical music, and meeting interesting people.

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