Archive | September 2013

When the FBI Spent Decades Hunting for a Soviet Spy on Its Staff | History & Archaeology | Smithsonian Magazine–Decades-Hunting-for-a-Soviet-Spy-on-Its-Staff-224930002.html?device=android

The FBI never got their “UNSUB Dick,” which sounds like an 80s garage band. Never cracked their only true suspect – found after 25 years of hunting. All of it ate up a lot of resources and cast long shadows on agents with the name Richard in their Soviet division offices. All in all, maybe it is better to hunt bank robbers in Chicago or San Diego than to be in counterintelligence … Such is the life of the real double naughts.

Army Aviation and Missile Command has what I want


The Army got it right.

Well, I should say Julie Anderson got it right. (Mrs. Ms. Mdme???), when she finally got my gender restored. CIA, NSA and even DIA stripped me of my appropriate salutation, but the Aviation and Missile Command set it right.

Thanks. Seriously. 
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Richard Sarafian, director of TV spy shows, dies at 83

A true talent that the likes of Hollywood is rare to have been blessed with given all the schlock in the business.
“Home To Judgement” may be my most favorite piece of episodic television, certainly my number one “I Spy” episode. The opening images of Scott and Robinson, coming over those hills all broken and beaten but defiant, is one I think of often in connection with that show.
Robert Culp may have written that episode, and did a fine job, but Sarafian certainly applied a fine chisel that sculpted the work.

The Spy Command

Richard C. Sarafian, who directed episodes of 1960s spy television shows, died Sept. 18, according to AN OBITUARY POSTED BY VARIETY.

Sarafian directed the 1965 pilot for The Wild, Wild West, which combined spies with the Wild West. Star Robert Conrad, in a commentary track for the first-season DVD set, said that pilot, The Night of the Inferno, was expensive by mid-1960s standards. The Sarafian-directed episode sold the series and the director returned for one more first-season installment.

Sarafian also helmed EIGHT EPISODES of the 1965-68 I Spy, starring Robert Culp and Bill Cosby, which was probably took the darkest take among ’60s spy shows. His final work on the series was the 1968 episode Home to Judgment, which had a plot SIMILAR TO THE 2012 007 MOVIE SKYFALL.

In the 1970s, Sarafian got the chance to direct some feature films, including Vanishing Point and THE NEXT…

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Richard Kimble Was Guilty

I heard Gerard got his old war buddy, a private detective named Cannon – big guy with a radio announcer voice – to look back into the Kimble case in the early 70s. Gerard and Cannon were tight and had flew in B-17s with the 918th Bomb Group out of a little field called Archbury during World War II. Gerard got some info on Kimble from a UFO nut named David Vincent, yep the famous architect, and got Cannon to look into it.
Glad to see it is all finally wrapped up now.

The Classic TV History Blog


Richard Kimble exits the Stafford, Indiana courthouse, on August 29, 1967, moments after his murder conviction was reversed.  Kimble’s sister, Donna Taft (far left), now alleges that Kimble was guilty of that crime. (File Photo)

STAFFORD, IND. – Richard Kimble, the small-town pediatrician and death row fugitive whose first degree murder conviction was famously overturned in 1967, may not have been innocent after all, according to new claims made this week by members of his family.

Convicted for the brutal slaying of his wife Helen Kimble in September 1961, Kimble escaped custody during a freak train derailment two years later.  He spent four years as the subject of an intensive manhunt before the discovery of new evidence led him to turn himself in to Stafford police in August of 1967.

According to Kimble’s sister, however, her brother was guilty of the crime, and the new evidence that exonerated him was…

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The Big Army bats my file request back to Alabama


(There is no reason for this photo aside from the obvious Thunderball connection)

The Ed Snowden inspired, federal document search on Shelby G. Spires continues with a new wondrous ONE (1) page document sent to me in today’s (17 Sept. 2013) post.

And who else would have a document on me?

The Department of The United States Army, the US Army, the USA, the ***K*NG ARMY and all the other nicknames Big A goes by, that is who, whom and what.

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Deadfall (1968) – IMDb

Outstanding movie that should be seen for the location work in Spain alone and one of John Barry’s wonderous music scores.  Somewhat talky but adult themed film – no fake explosions with this one.

They call me Mr. Shelby


Mr. Brian C. – and I do assume that is his real name at the National Security Agency – the NSA’s FOIA/PA Appeals Program Manager of the Office of Associate General Counsel (Litigation) sent a letter via First Class US Post that my request for information has been granted an appeal.

Be brave … oh, that was what they say when the appeal is turned down during the French Revolution and the old guillotine is about to be sharpened. My appeal was granted.


This feels great. The NSA is going to review two requests I made about information concerning myself and another person of interest who was in Huntsville, Alabama during the time I worked at The Huntsville Times.

I figured all that super secret stuff I wrote about the Apollo program, the space shuttle and missile defense might have popped me up on the NSA’s vacuum like radar scope. Or at least a few of my phone calls might have … or maybe that time I went into this electronic device clean room.

Who knows ‘til you ask, right?

And look, I even got a guy with a F-I-V-E (5) letter first name, and a single initial for his last name. They didn’t take all his name away. I figure that he might be a lawyer and he negotiated a pretty sweet deal – poison pill included – that let him keep his last initial and first name.

Also, the NSA gave me my gender back. I am “Mr. Shelby Spires” to them. Although, the salutation was addressed to “Mr. Shelby” . . . which makes me feel like I am a 78-year-old Sunday School teacher.

But who can be choosy at this stage, eh.

Beats being holed up in a Moscow hotel backhanding all those marriage proposals from Natasha-esque spies, doesn’t. Nope, all us good patriots are right out here, in the shadow of the U.S. Air Force flying missions and across the street from the cows.

Of course, I wait on the edge of my cushioned seat, watching my DVD reruns of “The Man from U.N.C.L.E,” and look for the mail lady (who has this sexy Hungarian or Latvian accent, I might add – no joke) to deliver my follow up appeal letter from NSA.

I am sure it will be weighty and bulky and cost us taxpayers a bundle.

The Colonel

Now, just to get my file busted out of that long Army warehouse



I hit gold.

The Defense Intelligence Agency has TWO DOCUMENTS with five pages  – count em – 5, five, aka (5) pages, related to good old me – Shelby G. Spires.  

Five pages!



The Five Pillars of Shelby G.!

Of course, said documents – TWO OF THEM – are related to another agency and have to be forwarded to said agency, or agencies, for review and release, but after two months, about $15 in postage and probably five hours of my time, my quest has generated – D O C U M E N T S.

Throw me the whip, DIA.

Now, I have made four trips to the super-secret Missile Space Intelligence Center, on Redstone Arsenal, in Alabama, between 2002 and 2010. As MSIC, (say MISS ICK), is run and staffed by the Defense Intelligence Agency, then I am pretty sure that when a lonely clerk goes into a long, long warehouse full of boxes, crates and assorted humming storage containers my records will probably be about a long ago trip to talk about how missiles are reversed engineered and the Afghanis make drainpipes out of bits of Army Hellfires.

Still, that is something after all the taking away of my name, gender and giving me a number jobs done me up by the NSA and CIA.  Don’t get me started on the appeals process with Spookville Alpha, the Department of Homeland Security or US Marshalls.

Of course, it is far better than the Army, which said I needed to provide them with id, and, oh by the way, have you heard, Shelby G. Spires, of this thing we call Electronic Mail (aka Email)? Well give us your Electronic Mail address. Hmmm … wonder if I can communicate with DA via CompuServe?

Having asked for a load of identification procedures, out of date codes and what not, the Army then tells me they are denying my request and I gotta start over again.

I love this. This is the United States Army right down to the khaki they do not claim to wear any longer – IT IS DIGITAL KHAKI NOW, SOLDIER!

“With that said, we are closing this request due to insufficient documentation for a proper FOIA request. You will need to re-submit a FOIA request with the proper documentation to include a copy of …” 14 documents and a DNA swab it seems like “in order to receive your information.”

Department of the Army, always, if anything, predictable.

Now, to get that idol.