Thursday, August 14, 2008

PBS is not going to be happy about this 

Julia Child's cooking show on public television, "The French Chef," was a staple of my upbringing. I had no interest in cooking, but I still thought she was hilarious and watched her with my parents for years. My father could say "a little bit of vermouth" in a scary Julia Child falsetto. If you were a faculty brat during the 1970s I can virtually guarantee you know what I'm talking about.

So with that fairly long acquaintance with Julia Child's television persona, I am not embarrassed to admit that I had no clue that she was a spy. That is so cool.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Aug 14, 09:30:00 AM:

Could your father say "Shaken, not stirred" in a scary Julia Child falsetto as well?  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Aug 14, 09:55:00 AM:

This has been known for years. She's talked openly in general terms about the OSS work for at least 10 years that I can remember.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Aug 14, 09:58:00 AM:


Why would PBS be unhappy about this?  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Aug 14, 09:59:00 AM:

There have been rumors about Julia Child working for the OSS for a long time. I'm glad that the survivors will finally get the official recognition that they deserve.  

By Blogger davod, at Thu Aug 14, 10:42:00 AM:

This is not news. Childs husband was in the OSS and so was Childs husband. I might have read this in her biography.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Aug 14, 10:46:00 AM:

I'm going to take a wild guess that her specialty was seduction.  

By Blogger TigerHawk, at Thu Aug 14, 11:04:00 AM:

"Why would PBS be unhappy?"

I was just goofing - PBS is pretty liberal, and probably would not approve of one of its talking heads being a spy. What if Robin McNeill were revealed as a CIA operative?  

By Blogger Nomennovum, at Thu Aug 14, 12:25:00 PM:

I remember watching Julia Child on TV when I was a kid too -- especially when I was home sick and there was nothing else to watch ... and after the Say-It-Play-It recorder was filled with all the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons it could fit (which was about 3 and half minutes).

I'd be so inspired by her wonderful French cooking that I'd go make myself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to eat as I'd watch her make the perfect boeuf Bourgogne.

Ah, the days of 5 channel television!  

By Blogger Larry Sheldon, at Thu Aug 14, 01:08:00 PM:

I have been a fan of "women in non-traditional roles" (for want of a useful label) since long before it became politically correct.

For years my heroes were Marie Curie, Grace Hopper, Hedy Lamarr, and more recently (since I only recently found out about them) the women of Bletchley Park.  

By Blogger Dawnfire82, at Thu Aug 14, 01:42:00 PM:

I don't think that espionage counts as a non-traditional role...

Ref: Rahab the Israelite spy, Gudrun the wife of Attila, Rosamond the wife of Sicard the Lombard king, Belle Boyd the Confederate spy, the infamous Mata Hari, Soviet and East German 'swallows,' et cetera.


By Blogger GreenmanTim, at Thu Aug 14, 03:00:00 PM:

Julia Child and Kitty Galbraith were close friends of your Great Aunt Thales (my grandmother). They celebrated their January birthdays together at the Galbraith's every year and JKG would give each lady a corsage and then excuse himself for the afternoon.  

By Blogger TigerHawk, at Thu Aug 14, 03:17:00 PM:

Strange that I do not recall my father mentioning that. I wonder if he knew.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Aug 14, 04:31:00 PM:

Why would PBS have a problem with Julia Child working for the CIA? I think they'd take the position that one employee for the USA and 87 PBS employees working against the US was still a pretty good ratio.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Aug 14, 06:02:00 PM:

There's a book about all the women of the OSS. Julia Childs met her husband when they were both in Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, during the war. My mother in law was also one of these girls. She was in Cairo, then traveled up through Italy and ended her war in Vienna, Austria. She was single at the time and a Washington socialite so she already knew many of the men in the OSS since Wild Bill chose a large part of his recruits from that social stratum. One of her best friends who became my wife's Godmother founded a large high-end real estate business in Washington and owned Roedown Farms where the Marlboro Cup is held each year. Meanwhile her husband to be was doing his best John Wayne in the Pacific as a SeaBee Batallion Commander.

See also the OSS Society.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri Aug 15, 05:19:00 PM:

Yes, PBS is liberal, therefore "against the USA". Because all liberals hate America. Don't you people ever get tired of talking like that?  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tue Aug 19, 11:44:00 AM:

Um, actually no the truth is always pleasant to speak, and lovely to hear.  

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