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Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Carol Tenwalde

My Dad always said my Mother looked like....

Hedy Lamarr - Unfortunately, my Dad didn't just stop there with the compliment. He would add "Without the Glasses!" (Male enlightenment will have to wait for another blog.)

I am bringing this up because we just watched Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story. I was expecting another Hollywood Starlet Movie. Boy was I wrong. Did you know she is responsible for inventing frequency hopping that is the basis for Internet and WiFi communications today? Or, that she was instrumental in redefining how face lifts are done. I don't want to spoil it for you but I highly recommend it and it's available on PBS, Prime and Netflix etc.

After watching the movie it got me thinking about when I was a Senior in College. Before I tell you my story PLEASE do not think that I am comparing myself in anyway to Hedy. The only thing I invented are necklaces. Hardly patent material and NO ONE ever called me a Bombshell!

My first class of each day was Differential Calculus. I always arrived about a minute before class. When I arrived the Professor would say: "Our Starlet has arrive so we can begin!"  They all called me Starlet for two reasons. One, I not only was a Math major but I also majored in Speech and Drama. Two, because it was the early 70s and the whole Hippy Look was raging. I refused to wear jeans. (Not because I was a Fashionista but because I couldn't fine jeans long enough and I refused to wear men's pants.) So I'm in my mini skirts and sweater sets.

Saying I stuck out was an understatement. This is a room full of male math nerds with a few token women. (Maybe 4). The Prof. never called on me assuming I was a complete Blonde Ditz. After the first exam he asked me to stay after class. He then asked me, "Are you accustom to doing this well on tests?"

I am no Hedy Lamarr but I can relate to her story and I know you will too! I hope you will take the time to search it out. 

Here is a Twisted Sister that reminds me of one of the necklaces she wore in the Movie.

Let's chat soon,


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