By Margean Gladysz
It was once 1946, i used to be 18, a school graduate, and approximately to develop into a secret agent. i used to be going to ‘hit the road’. yet what used to be it like—this road—when I had not often been out of Kalamazoo?” writes Margean Gladysz in her letters to her mom and dad written from 1946 to 1949. Unearthed from an attic trunk in 2003 those letters aspect her employment with the nice Lakes Greyhound Bus corporation as a firm rat. As a suite, they shape the contents of A secret agent at the Bus.
Young Margean’s “can do” angle permeates the letters as she studies day-by-day actions in regards to the humans she meets, the price of food and lodge rooms, the nation-state vegetation, the politics of the corporate and the simplest part–her spying actions. Disguised as a passenger, she rides on bus routes to numerous cities to watch bus drivers’ honesty–or loss of, the line stipulations, apparatus dealing with, and all issues the corporate bosses had to be aware of. those have been the times sooner than surveillance cameras and Margean turns into the boss man’s eyes and ears.
The worry of being chanced on or “turned-up” as a undercover agent used to be regularly a fear. She needed to rigorously plan her bus routes to prevent being well-known.
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A Spy on the Bus: Memoir of a Company Rat by Margean Gladysz