By Margean Gladysz
It used to be 1946, i used to be 18, a school graduate, and approximately to turn 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 rarely 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 good Lakes Greyhound Bus corporation as a firm rat. As a suite, they shape the contents of A undercover agent at the Bus.
Young Margean’s “can do” angle permeates the letters as she experiences day-by-day actions concerning the humans she meets, the price of food and lodge rooms, the geographical region plants, the politics of the corporate and the simplest part–her spying actions. Disguised as a passenger, she rides on bus routes to varied 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 secret agent used to be constantly a fear. She needed to conscientiously plan her bus routes to prevent being famous.
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