A Spy on the Bus: Memoir of a Company Rat by Margean Gladysz

By Margean Gladysz

It was once 1946, i used to be 18, a school graduate, and approximately to turn into a undercover agent. i used to be going to ‘hit the road’. yet what used to be it like—this road—when I had infrequently 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 element her employment with the nice Lakes Greyhound Bus corporation as a firm rat. As a set, they shape the contents of A secret agent at the Bus.
Young Margean’s “can do” angle permeates the letters as she stories day-by-day actions in regards to the humans she meets, the price of nutrition and resort rooms, the nation-state vegetation, the politics of the corporate and the simplest part–her spying actions. Disguised as a passenger, she rides on bus routes to numerous cities to monitor 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 prior to surveillance cameras and Margean turns into the boss man’s eyes and ears.
The worry of being came across or “turned-up” as a secret agent was once continuously a fear. She needed to conscientiously plan her bus routes to prevent being famous.

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I heard a slight gurgle, and watched as she took her last breath. indd 21 4/7/11 8:16:43 AM fraud fighter restroom’s window. Several other people and I rushed to her side, but I knew it was too late; she was already dead. I didn’t find out why someone so innocent-looking would take her own life. And other than my mother’s death, which occurred many years later, this was the only time I have seen anyone die in front of me. It’s something that you never forget. Around the same time, I read in the paper that some fellow swan-dived out of a building in El Paso and landed in a huge exhaust fan.

But all was for naught; our files reflected nothing. I then turned over the list of several hundred names to my INS counterpart, Sol Solzberg, asking him to search their records. I liked Sol very much even though he was an odd sort. Not too long after I was assigned to New York, we agreed to meet for the first time at a convenient breakfast place. ” I asked. “I saw you standing on the corner,” Solzberg said. “Two things: First, you waited for the traffic light to turn green before you crossed. Second, you didn’t look down for dog poop before proceeding.

None of these people had moved from New York; it was all a ruse to get their files transferred to Newark so Klegmeir could approve the green cards. With this knowledge, I attempted to interview Yee. It came as no surprise when he declined. I went back to Rudy’s office with my new information. “You’re on to something, Joe,” Giuliani said. ” It was just what I was hoping for. To apply some additional pressure, Sol had managed to conjure up a few technical violations of INS regulations on the part of Yee.

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