Sometimes they would even carry a super secret device on board called a RADAR. It was not surprising that we had one of the first TVs in Wasco. Our antenna tower was gigantic! And it was designed in a triangle with side braces that made easy steps for a little guy to climb up and see the whole world. (Remember, this was the 1950s when kids roamed free and did things that might horrify parents today. But really, it would have horrified my Mom too if she found out.)
But it was the fruitless mulberry tree in the back yard that served as my rocket ship to the stars. Oh the science fiction films of the 1950s and 1960! And books! And pulps! I had a secret love for Asimov, Smith, Dick, and the whole gang. Probably most adults that are engineers and scientist today had that childhood secret love — way before anyone understood that science fiction stories were cool. Well before there were oscillation overthrusters and “E.T. phone home!” there were interositors and “Klaatu barada nikto”!