The movie Hidden Figures was spectacular—lots of times seeing a movie after reading the book I’m unhappy with the liberties taken by the screen play author but Hidden Figures stuck close to the book story. In the sixties, the United States and Russia were racing to see who could send a man into space first. Russia won the race making the US even more determined to fully enter the space race.
Before John Glenn was launched into space a group of female mathematicians used pens, paper and adding machines to caculate the numbers needed to safely send men into space and bring them back to earth. Many of these “human computers” were highly intelligent African American women. These women left their families behind, moving to Hampton, Virginia to work at the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory.
It was the 1960’s with segregated bathrooms, eating establishments and even libraries. These women worked hard at their jobs made all the more harder by these segregation rules. Geri accompanied us and we all enjoyed the movie immensely!
Sunday our ATV friends gathered here to watch the Super Bowl—not sure any of us except Geri had a favorite—and her favorite won. I personally was cheering for the team who had never won the Super Bowl—but it was not to be! The grilled burgers and sides were delicious—another great day in the desert.