Now, THIS is how they rolled in Ohio in the fall of 1951. No CAD (Computer aided Dispatch), no headsets, no nothing. And manual typewriters. Back when I was the Po-Lice, we would tell our Dispatchers “Start me a card for….” when we wanted to record an incident, traffic stop, etc. If Dispatch ‘sent’ us someplace, a ‘card’ was already started. THIS is where that lingo came from, or something just like it. It was, literally, a CARD, handwritten or sometimes (not very often) typed. From there the dispatcher would put down whatever information you told them too. And citizens had the ability to tune in right from their home radios! No encrypted or scrambled stuff back then, it was all ‘in the clear’. Pretty cool, huh?
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I have been very lucky in life. I’m a United States Marine (Once a Marine, Always a Marine). I have served as an Infantryman, Parachutist, and Intelligence Specialist, AND a Field Radio Operator. In addition, I did some time in the Army Reserves as an 11B Infantryman as well. And I finished out my varied and weird career in the Air National Guard, as a Bio-Enviromental Engineer, which sounds much cooler than it really is. I did my military service on the installment plan, Active, Reserves, Guard, etc. In civilian life I spent most of my time as a Police Officer in various locations and doing various things. I’ve been trained in Accident Investigation, Criminal Investigation, Homicide, Sex Crimes, and been on the SWAT team. I taught Police recruits law and officer survival, and worked as a Field Training Officer (nationally certified at that LOL) training cops ‘on the job’. I finished my time as a Sergeant in charge of a Hostage Negotation Team at a Department of Army Police agency. Mixed in with that, and the military (I was always hustling), I worked as an Antique Dealer/Store owner, ran my own Private Investigation/Security Guard agency (yup, a Private Detective. Sam Spade I wasn’t…), 911 dispatcher, Mall Security Guard/Supervisor, Private Security Guard for a closed down military base, and a Hospital Security Guard. So when sometimes I say I was a gunfighter, you’ll perhaps know why LOL. Oh, and I also worked for a State Medical Examiner as a Forensic Investigator. Where I also became certified as a ‘Facial Reconstructionist’. Yes, I touched dead people. Not choosing to stop there, I’ve worked as a Logistics Manager for a company specializing in Historical Events, presentations, and education, been a Civil War reenactor with a ‘famous’ unit, worked as a 19th Century Surgeon, been in a few movies and TV shows (mostly as moveable scenery, but sometimes as talent too), been a paid museum docent for a nationally known museum, been a published author for Gannett Newspapers and several websites (getting paid for my worthless opinion LOL), consulted on police and historical novels and books…… If you are still reading, yeah, I’m bloviating my own horn. Only to establish a curriculum vitae (fancy words, resume) so as to show that the below quote, from Heinlein, applies to my life. As it should yours. Go for it. Don’t sit on your ass and bitch about how much life sucks or whatever. Oh, and don’t let a ‘lack’ of education stop you. I barely graduated high school, for cryin out loud. 1.8 GPA. Until very recently, never went to any college, but always graduated with honors, or high honors, in every military or law enforcement school I attended. Think on that. View all posts by theforensicpopculturedetective