Foreword

Foreword

Hedy Lamarr has been adored ever since her discovery in her teens until now, and she will continue to be well on into the future.  Her list of accomplishments however, was rivaled by the many interruptions she faced throughout her life. With that, you are formally...
A spy who had already carried out your mission

A spy who had already carried out your mission

In the late 1930’s, you fled to America, escaping the clutches of  your  husband, Fritz Mandl, a munitions manufacturer for the Nazis who held you under virtual house arrest. Jealous and possessive, he took you to all his conferences on weapons systems. Little did he...

 A Woman Interrupted – Introduction

The Press Kit Generator that transmits elements of your story to the general public often just repeats the tale of the brainy starlet who was unrecognized until now as the inventor of spread spectrum communication. It is a smooth, linear narrative that can provide a...
Foreword

  Not a Fan Letter

Dear Hedy Lamarr,    This is not a fan letter. At least, not in the Hollywood sense. Like too many things in your life, it arrives in an untimely fashion. A Woman, Interrupted—by a dictatorial husband, the Hollywood image machine, and ghostwriters, among...
Analog to Digital

Analog to Digital

to the digital. from the analog the passage a life that marks your life, best describes frequency hopping The idea of things to come… as the prophet of never to be recognized doomed, like Cassandra, were betrayed by it. technology you who mastered Ironically, ...
Loder/Connected the Planet

Loder/Connected the Planet

Your son, Anthony Loder,sums up the effects of your pioneering efforts:  “I know for instance that telephones have previously been rare in parts of the world and in India, but Hedy has essentially succeeded in connecting the planet.” Learn the Back Story Learn...
Electronic Frontier Award

Electronic Frontier Award

Belatedly, in 1997,  the Electronic Frontier Foundation acknowledged your contributions to the wireless revolution with a special award. Your response was a sardonic: “It’s about time.” Learn the Back Story Learn...
Gates

Gates

Had you not been a true patriot to your adopted country, signing over the patent rights to the government, you would have been more recognized and rewarded than even this fellow… Learn the Back Story Learn...
Name on Patent

Name on Patent

Advised not to compromise your Hollywood image as a different form of “bombshell,” even your name appears on the patent in code. U.S. Patent 2,292,387 (Secret Communication System). Granted August 11, 1942, to Hedy Kiesler Hedy Kiesler Markey and George Antheil. Learn...
Kiss Auction

Kiss Auction

Unfortunately, you were persuaded by Antheil to help the war effort by trading on your celebrity, raising $7,000,000 in a one-day kissing marathon. “I’m just a gold-digger for Uncle Sam.” Learn the Back Story Learn...
Desire to Serve by Inventing

Desire to Serve by Inventing

You announced your intention to join the National Inventors Council “They could just have me around,and ask me questions.” Learn the Back Story Learn...
Cuban Missile Crisis

Cuban Missile Crisis

Patented in 1942, your Secret Communication System would enable torpedoes to find their targets by avoiding enemy jamming of their radio signals. Decades ahead of its time, it would later be employed to encrypt communication signals among U.S. ships during the Cuban...
Piano in Torpedo

Piano in Torpedo

Ironically, the aesthetics of a torpedo guided by musical notes may have been a fatal “design flaw” in stoking an “anti-cultural bias” among the military types who examined the patent, as Antheil surmises: “In our patent Hedy and I attempted to better elucidate our...
Ciphering Text

Ciphering Text

As both a ciphering device and a cybertext, your invention’s ability to send secret messages through noisy channels can help decode its own author’s life. Learn the Back Story Learn...
Pound “Brought the Two Together”

Pound “Brought the Two Together”

The reason?  In Pound’s appreciative critique of the SonatesSauvages, he seems to intuit the future project that would draw the unlikely duo together: “The first of these sonatas ‘does it,’ the base is really a basis, the music rises and acts above it, like a...
Antheil’s Composition Techniques

Antheil’s Composition Techniques

    First, the positive. . .    Descriptions of Antheil’s musical technique suggest the same multi-layering of complex relationships. Analyzing Antheil’s Airplane Sonata, Linda Whitesitt describes his “manipulation of ostinato patterns and his technique...
88 Frequencies/Hard to Intercept

88 Frequencies/Hard to Intercept

Any enemy attempting to jam the radio signals would have to decode what pattern among the eighty-eight possible frequencies was guiding the torpedo—an impossible task. Learn the Back Story Learn...
Cardan Grille

Cardan Grille

An electronic version of the Cardan Grille, a predetermined set of frequencies would be established between sender and receiver, as though each one had the top card with slots that could be placed over the coded message: “Sir John regards you well and spekesagain that...
Scrambled Message

Scrambled Message

Such an arrangement would allow both sender and receiver (the torpedo guidance system) to “hop in sync.”  Encoded Message: The perforations on each roll would correspond exactly to the coded numbering sequence. Learn the Back Story Learn...