The Dec. 29 Metro article “Driver’s long road at intelligence agency ends with stories to tell” about the retirement of Bernard Thornton after a long career as a driver at the CIA reminded me of the best summer job I had in college.
In 1964, I was hired by the National Security Agency (NSA) in Fort Meade. My assignment was to drive executives to the CIA, the Pentagon and other destinations every morning. Once at the destination, I was given a time later in the day to pick them up, and the time in between was mine. For this, I received about $10 an hour. I had no security clearance, but that did not seem to matter. Some of the drivers were GIs, and I wondered why the NSA paid me and other civilians good salaries when many other enlisted personnel were available. I did not ask questions. I did my job and did it well.