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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Spy Tech


Some of the authors here at Not Your Usual Suspects write spy novels. And I am not one of them, but I still find the world of spy technology fascinating. It's scary-cool that a pen can carry a poison dart and that a working flashlight can actually be a gun. Check out this story about the weapons found on a captured North Korean assassin.

I think my love affair with spy tech began when I was a kid watching old episodes of Get Smart, Mission Impossible and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. In fact, I was so affected by these that had a recurring dream about a shoe that doubled not as a phone, but as a vehicle.

My sisters and I played a game in which we were the “Girls from U.N.C.L.E.” If you’ve never heard of that spinoff, it’s because The Girl From Uncle, starring a very young Stephanie Powers, only aired a single season in the US, in 1966. In our game, we were the younger sisters of the show’s beautiful main character, April (named May, June and January). We used all sorts of weapons and communication devices hidden in everyday objects like hairbrushes that doubled as tape recorders and cameras and clothespins that were in fact poison dart guns!

So now that I’ve thoroughly humiliated myself by outing my geeky inner child, it’s your turn. How did you acquire your love of your favorite genre? 

11 comments:

Anne Marie Becker said...

Oh, I love that you and your sisters played spy games! :)

Growing up, I remember Wonder Woman being a role model...and I think I secretly long to write about superheroes somewhere down the road. My sister and I had the Underoo costumes. I also remember watching the Bionic Woman and the Million Dollar Man.

Wow, this takes me back! LOL

Wynter Daniels said...

I loved Wonder Woman! And the six million dollar man was hot, which I recognized even at my tender age;-)

Marcelle Dubé said...

Bionic woman! Holy cow, I hadn't thought of her in years! What's an Underoo...?

Wynter Daniels said...

Underoos are kids' underwear that were popular in the US in the 70's and 80's. They were often themed like certain superhero characters like Wonder Woman or Batman.

Marcelle Dubé said...

Kids' underwear, eh? Well, that would explain why I didn't know about them...

Rita said...

I honestly don’t remember. I do know I was the only girl in the neighborhood until I was like six. The girl that finally moved in only wanted to play with dolls. Ewwww! My cousins were all boys. I went fishing, hunting, climbed trees like a monkey and could spit with the best of ‘em. I guess since it was all the boys were reading I did the same.

Toni Anderson said...

I went to the Spy Museum in DC. I LOVED it :) And I have a spy book rewritten so I understand how you feel about the whole mystique of spying. I loved the Bionic Woman. She was awesome :)

Wynter Daniels said...

Rita - I was the girl who played with dolls - most of the time. It was that other time my parents had to worry;-)

Toni - I'll make it to the museum one of these days! I think I was jealous of the Bionic Woman because she seemed to have some history with the Bionic Man -- and he was mine;-)

Jean Harrington said...

Wynter, Enjoyed your posting. Though I never played spy games growing up, I do remember playing doctor. I'll send the rest of the story to your secret, off-shore mail box. Plain brown wrapper okay?

Wynter Daniels said...

LOL! I'll be waiting for that, Jean.

Jean Harrington said...

Wynter and all--looks like NYUS is back in business. Thanks Clare!

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