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We are sad to report that Don Schimmel passed at the age of 91. He had a celebrated carreer in communications with the U.S. Navy and the Central Intelligence Agency.

Report #137 09/01/17

We have seen yet another month where the groups stay the same for a number of days and then days where most, if not all of the groups, show a one-up increase in the 5th digit.

The old FAPSI (Federal Agency for Government Communications) link designators continue to show up now and then in this traffic.

This month I read two different type books. The first was "A Life of Lies and Spies" written by Alan Trabue. From the book jacket: "Alan Trabue chose a bizarre, dangerous way to make a living. In his fascinating and thrilling memoir, the former CIA covert ops polygraph interrogator exposes the often perilous world of polygraphing foreign spies in support of CIA espionage programs. He recounts incredible, true-life globe-trotting adventures from his thirty-eight-year career in the polygraph profession, from his induction into the CIA in 1971 to directing the CIA's worldwide covert ops polygraph program."

The second book represents a change of pace. I chose "Yes, My Accent Is Real" by Kunal Nayyar or probably better known as Raj Koothrappali of the Big Bang Theory television series. From the book jacket: "Of all the charming misfits on television, there's no doubt Raj Koothrappali from the Big Bang Theory - the sincere yet incredibly geeky Indian astrophysicist - ranks among the misfittingest. Feeling like you don't belong is something that Kunal Nayyar, the actor who plays Raj, can relate to."

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