I was born July 26, 1942,
We moved to Hicksville via
It was 1952 when we moved to
After schooling was finished, I worked at Sperry Gyroscope
for 5 years. My bosses were the heads of Doppler and Search Radar for the B-58
Hustler. Everything we did was reported to General Curtis LeMay.
The General was a very formidable gentleman but I made him laugh once.
We had a conference at Sperry's with him and I was warm.
Took my angora cardigan off and put it over the back of a chair before
the conference. General Lemay walked in and sat on that chair. Need I say there
was angora all over the back of his uniform jacket. The engineers that saw him
sit there turned white and you could hear a pin drop the room got so quiet.
I fessed up to him and he thought it was funny. The courier that brought
the jacket to the 1 hour Martini zing Cleaners made the mistake of telling him
who the jacket belonged to. They
told me the poor dry cleaner was so nervous they were sorry they had told him.
Everyone at work told me I would probably be fired OR beheaded!
However, the General was most gracious about the whole incident.
Sperry's loaned me out to Dr. Werner Von Braun's Team to work on the Lunar Landing Module. I was the only woman and we were sequestered for several months putting it all together. When we finished and I went back to my Sperry Team they were full of questions that I could not answer - everything was still classified.
It was an experience that I shall never forget. However, the day of the landing in 1969 I closed my eyes because I was terrified as to how it would sit on the moon.
1964 was when I married Claude Hayden who had just left SAC under the command of you know who - The General. We have been married 46 wonderful years and have two sons and one grandchild.
We moved to
The year 2000 and I met Pat Koziuk Driscoll on Classmates. That was the year that we started the Hicksville Newsletter. We worked many hours each day getting it together. Never did we envision what it has become. Once we took on Bob Casale and Bob Wesley it really took off. Their work and dedication as well as our new editors and YOU the readers has made it so wonderful. This Fall will be our 10th Anniversary.
I have been fortunate to meet many famous people, Mrs. Babe Ruth, The Nixon Sisters, Mrs. Douglas Macarthur but the one that stands out in my mind is Ann Morrow Lindburgh. The thought of her grace and bearing has carried me thru a broken back, cancer and most recently an aneurysm of the aorta. My motto has always been "this too shall pass". My favorite song and mantra is "What A Beautiful World" by Louis Armstrong.
note from HixNews editors…this biographical sketch was written in
2010. Linda, unfortunately, lost Claude several years ago and is still living in