I live in Las Vegas and work in the software biz. I'm not sure I could agree with an earlier poster who said "If a friend worked at Area 51, they
wouldn't tell you." I know two people who used to work there, and two who still do. Of course they don't say anything about their work, but it's
no big secret where they work. They sometimes touch on mundane details - in vague terms - about the ins and outs of their jobs.
A lot of it is just normal, routine stuff. They spend time figuring out how to get paid for the time they spend on the flight up (tip: first put in an
hour at the contractor office in Vegas before getting on the plane), how to take an extra half-hour for lunch without getting nailed, and trying to
get their air conditioners fixed when they break. A couple have mentioned that the facilities/offices are old and run down, and that the cafeteria
food isn't the best. Stuff like that. They also express some concern about ambient radiation from the Test Site, and have mentioned 'environmental
concerns' - re, the chemical dumps that raised lawsuits a few years ago, and the exhaust fumes from propulsion/engine technologies being tested. None
of this is classified, and none of them have ever actually referred to their work venue as 'Area 51'; usually it's something along the lines of
'Up North' or 'the Ranch', but they will say they work for JT3 or EG&G. They're also not allowed to take laptops, cell phones, iPods, or MP3
players with them to work, and anyone caught with a thumb drive is history, even if it's inadvertent.
To the poster who suggests that 'government agents are sent to watch them' while they're on vacation, dude you gotta get a clue, that just doesn't
And now for Spore247, who I don't know will ever be back at this Forum having visited once and never again since, but everything your mother told you
is almost certainly correct. You mentioned things in your post that almost no one could know if they hadn't actually worked there: for instance,
calling the tests 'shots', riding the underground subway, and especially the dirty shot that locked everybody down for three days - called the
'Baneberry Shot', link here:
Most of this stuff has been declassified by now, but your mom probably doesn't know that. Anybody who worked there had the fear of God drilled into
them, and veteran Nevada Test Site workers are reluctant to talk about anything they did to this day.
I hope you are well and finding Oahu a pleasant and peaceful place to live; I lived there for awhile and did not find it to be the paradise folks made
it out to be. Best Regards to you and your mother!