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Today, after a deceptively sunny and uneventful spin
Friday, March 27, 1970, the fourth day of the narrative, and Good Friday.
Hughes Company property
Hughes Aircraft Company was a major aerospace and defense company founded by Howard Hughes. The group was based in Culver City, California. Wikipedia
In Vineland, while hassling dopers in Gordita Beach, Hector Zuniga's radio dial was always tuned to KQAS.
- "I really want to tell you, man, about my car radio?" He moved closer to Mucho, who'd already read and filed Hector's story by now, and would presently begin to edge away. "Which is kin' of unique 'causs it only gits this one station? KQAS! Kick-Ass 460 on th' AM dial!
- 460 megahertz is the police band.
Spanish: "Gnarly Waves," Pynchon's hilarious (and also accurate) translation of surfer-speak for waves that are great to ride but challenging.
How much do you want to bet that ol' Fritz has CIA connections?
Truth serum. Same kind the CIA uses
See: Pynchon's California Trilogy and the CIA
Today Doc found Fritz
Morning, Friday, March 27, 1970, the fourth day of the narrative.
Dodge Super Bee
"It's a network of computers, Doc. all connected by phone lines. UCLA, Isla Vista, Stanford. Say there's a file they have up there and you don't, they'll send it right along at fifty thousand characters per second."
The ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) created by ARPA of the United States Department of Defense during the Cold War, was the world's first operational packet switching network, and the predecessor of the global Internet.Wikipedia
An interesting discussion about ARPAnet on pg. 195.
Created as the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) in February 1958. Its creation was directly attributed to the launching of Sputnik and to U.S. realization that the Soviet Union had developed the capacity to rapidly exploit military technology. Darpa Website
TRW Incorporated was an American corporation involved in a number of businesses, mostly defense-related, but including automotive, aerospace and credit reporting."Wikipedia
Ramo isn't telling Woolridge? [sic]
The 1958 merger of Thompson with the Ramo-Wooldridge Corporation (named after Simon Ramo and Dean Wooldridge) was named Thompson Ramo Wooldridge Inc., then shortened to TRW Inc. in 1965.Wikipedia
The Ramo-Wooldridge Corporation's main business, from 1954, was acting as the principal technical advisor to the Air Force on the development of the US intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) program. The technical foundation of that effort was, of course, the German V2 program, a principal focus of Gravity's Rainbow. Reference and another one.
Boeing was a contractor for the Minuteman missile system, part of the ICBM program. As a technical writer for Boeing, Pynchon's primary subject was Boeing missile work, including the Minuteman program. Reference
The Ramo and Wooldridge reference, at least for people with very long memories, may not be as obscure as it first appears. Link
The phrasing also recalls the old New York saying, "Does Macy's tell Gimbels?" This referred to two competing department stores a block away from each other near Penn Station. Macy's is still there, but Gimbels is long gone. Reference