The President just said, "We will make America safe again" ...we can do better than that and nearly now....when I mentioned it at FaceBook someone asked me to explain....all it takes is one and here it is:
" thank you so much for asking!
To make my point, it's a story but not long or boring.
My Mother Albina Filanowski Backiel Smith Duffy loved my Father Richard Charles Smith very much - their marriage was from heaven and three fine children later, and me eldest, His Army Air Corps days behind him he was helping with early NASA coated fabrics projects at the DuPont plant his dad helped build. Friends and neighbors were aeronautic engineers etcc...pioneers in things and noted ones. Post war excitement about life in a free world, in peacetime, included designs for occupant safety and escape for planes and tall buildings!
This was maybe 1954.
I was a little girl and attracted to their table because of their excited talk of the pods for easy escape in case of disaster and other methods to make planes and skyscrapers NOT deathtraps.
They pulled me up on their laps and showed me, since I was so interested. "Don't worry, littlegirl! " they said, "by the time you are grown up , it will be safe for you all!"
" Wow! "...not really understanding, I was still impressed, and satisfied, I jumped down and skipped away.
Months later, I wondered to my Mother what had become of the neat Planes project.
SHHHHH!!! she warned. NEVER bring it up to your Father - they tried and it did not go well and they were humiliated and said to be too far ahead of themselves, and now they are upset.
Later I learned that the conscensus was this: the idea was great - responsive to what SHOULD have been an obvious safety need. But NOT practical - tech was not ready and what COULD be done was much too expensive to be used effectively. The entire idea was squelched , EXCEPT for ejection seats for SOME jet pilots.
I was good and never brought it up again, as Mother asked, and worked to forget it , in fact - with success.
Then it was NINELEVEN - that evening and living near Ground Zero in NYC, I saw the protective planes guarding the night , flying low overhead.....it was around 7pm and not too dark. I felt like a grateful child protected by parents for a moment and my love of country filled my heart.
I walked back indoors to begin my supper, alone in my bungalow, when without warning, overwhelmed:
my head snapped back and my legs caved in beneath me and I grabbed the kitchen counter, so as not to fall.
MEMORY of the sunny kitchen table meeting about safety escape returned , all at once! And instantly the realization: NO ONE NEEDED TO DIE TODAY!
There could have been fast escape and no one dead...or nearly that.....it was too much!
A SECOND HORROR MOMENT there was for me that evening.
If I could have cried , I would have, but tears would not come! To have that Occupant Safety and Escape Technology memory sweep over me like a tsunami after FORTY YEARS left me Stunned.
It was a wild day for people, and my rosary was nearby . I prayed for all of us and was silent....slept.
The next day or soon after - I acted on that memory and understanding.
I told my neigbor chat friend - she looked at me. " I have no idea what you are talking about, but I am with you."
NEXT: The Sikorsky team that built the Helicopter and employed important friends and neighbors and sometimes, my DAD became United Technology.
So, next, I told one of their former resource librarians, now at our library, a few blocks away - and very smart.
I went to her and told her my memory and was well-received. In the following days others joined the chat and they said, almost laughing , the classic " you go...you go..." to the United Technologies Admin office 15 minutes away , in Hartford CT the state Capitol.
So I did...huge flags were everywhere, and the lame walked on the passions generated on that day. I was one of them - injured and still disabled - truly lame. My late husband would say of me "She walks on water" to make me smile and empower me in the touchy moment. I felt him with me then.
I got to the lobby and was told to "go right up" - I looked at the receptionist in disbelief, UT is big and one respects - Did someone call ahead, to have me so easily received? The receptionist reassured me and said no one had called ahead about me.....they were just that nice and ready to talk.
But at that point appeared the phantasmagoric feeling ....all alone in the middle of a vastness and suddenly realized they'd think me mad - and went home to collect better data and then return. Still the nice reception encouraged, so I DID go home and get busy finding better data.
BETTER DATA - it's so evil!
Squelching and burying the Occupant Safety and Escape Technology Innovations back in the 50s- 60s, was so well done, that , later, in the 70s and later, when it COULD have been done, for some reason, no one would DARE bring it up! A very unpopular banner. Even though it made the life/death difference for many thousands, it was avoided.
I stayed online and kept searching for the right path for this. I found and told my story to one of the groups of those who lost loved ones on Nineleven - they were fit to be tied - heartbroken and outraged. They already KNEW and were upset at what they got when THEY tried to ACT on the knowledge.
Apparently, I was not the only one who knew of this issue - a true REMEDY for what had been hopeless. The grieving Nineleven families found out about it, too and went to leaders to get some action, but were rebuffed, refused, rejected and just plain stonewalled - it was WAR and they did not wish to pick up an issue that was bound to show how remiss 'certain organizations" and their heads, had been.
STILL I kept at it.
Made webpages and talked to people like M.I.T. for design ideas / options for the actual achievement - and they were AWFUL....wiseguy remarks and more, but many who KNEW and could be respected SUPPORTED my passion for approaching leaders , at a better timing.
The result was a concensus to WAIT and then find the leaders and say: "Okay , first the ideas were ahead of their time and squelched. Then it was 1976 and it could have been a jewel in the American Bicentennial crown , but NO. It did not happen. Then it was a recession and everyone was saying NO to everything.
But then it was too late - it was Nineleven and with no effective, safe, tech escape options, LOTS of people died . OUR people. And nobody needed to die!
"So whattabout NOW? !"
Many of the genius innovations upgrades are NOT even genius anymore....but safe, obtainable, and affordable to do and yet they are not done.
There are so many different ways to do it easily and safely....and affordably, that I will not describe them here...but the escape cars in the skyscrapers could be placed everywhere in a few years...and it would work!
NO one would be hurt and in fact there might be an end to such bombings since, if safe fast egress was 'at the ready' - there would be NO MOTIVE for bombings, since the people would not be hurt, but safely out and to ground in five minutes flat.
IN the planes it's fancier tech, but escape cabins with GPS, food and water and first aid could detach from a threatened plane and let the passengers escape IN the cabins, to land or sea , till help arrived. It would also make bulwarks in the planes, or airships, as they were called at first.
THIS IS ONE BANNERI COME BACK TO ALL THE TIME - not an option.
It never leaves me alone, due to my childhood experience and conscience and then the dramatic way it found me at nineleven.
Thousands have needlessly died, billions will be saved when this upgrade finally happens.
I was a den mother, wife of honored coroporate, employee of honored firms and redcross in wars....I am not an airhead.
I was head of the class in schools and passed another course top marks again just a few months ago. RESPECT ME.
AND PRAY that one day, this idea touches the angels the right way, breaks thru to mankind and finally gets DONE