Grumman space engineers recall hard work, immense pride

Full story: Newsday

To many of them, they say, it is still 1968, the year before men first landed on the moon, the year they worked 50, 60, 70 hours a week, sometimes seven straight days, to build the landing craft that would take astronauts to the lunar surface on July 20, 1969.
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zappo

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I remember my dad taking me out to Calverton to see the lunar surface property with the land rover testing grounds. He also worked 70-90 hour weeks but on the F-14 project. He worked for Grumman for 48 years and was Vice president and general manager. His name was Frank Leone and my late brother Frank G.Leone also worked on the LEM project.
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Don't forget all the stuff that employees stole from the gov't. It was shameful. Guess that's why everything cost triple of what the price was originally.
To the Moon

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Grumman was a cash register in the 60s and 70s.
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I played only a very small role as a clerical worker on the LM project as a Grumman summer employee in 1966. I've been with Grumman, now Northrop Grumman, ever since graduation. What the engineers and scientists did on this program was incredible, and they should be lauded, not criticized. I am in awe of their accomplishments.
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Jul 18, 2009
 
MR OY wrote:
Don't forget all the stuff that employees stole from the gov't. It was shameful. Guess that's why everything cost triple of what the price was originally.
There's always one in the crowd, isn't there? Those guys gave so much more than they might have taken, that you could't spell it.
Northrop Grumman Employee

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Jul 18, 2009
 
I am a new employee with the company, this is an amazing story.
Dianne Baumert-Moyik

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I am honored to know these men and women, and proud to be a part of the Northrop Grumman team today. There is no better company to work for.
Bob in Ohio

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My father worked on the LEM Project as a quality control inspector. I remember the long hours he worked when I was growing up and various stories of problems that he found. I think he did a good job considering how well the all of the LEMs performed. He got permission for us to visit the plant and my brother and I got to go inside the LEM used by Armstrong and Aldrin. It was just a shell at the time, but I distinctly remember the triangular windows, which were in place. I'm forever grateful to my father for that opportunity.
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It's all changed now: US engineers have been squeezed off of Long Island with low salaries and outsourced whenever possible. India will be building most of our new technology. Get used to it.
Bill

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Jul 19, 2009
 
zappo wrote:
I remember my dad taking me out to Calverton to see the lunar surface property with the land rover testing grounds. He also worked 70-90 hour weeks but on the F-14 project. He worked for Grumman for 48 years and was Vice president and general manager. His name was Frank Leone and my late brother Frank G.Leone also worked on the LEM project.
I knew your Dad real well. We played golf together on Thursday nites at Bethpage and got together for dinner afterwards. I remember he used to bring his own "HOT" peppers to the restaurant(Galleria)and add them to his food.
I missed alot him when he was transferred to St.Augustine.
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Grumman Areo Space Co.Plant 5- 2nd Mezz.above the final assembly area was where I worked at the time as a Calibration Tech.We worked on all the ground support test equipment.It was a great job and the best company a young man just out of the Navy could work for.Grumman was refered to as a big family and it really was,there will never be another like it.
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My dad Peter Arigo worked many years at Grumman and I remember as a child going to Calverton. I feel the work that was done should be celebrated.
One of the guys

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Jul 19, 2009
 
It was really exciting to see that high interest remains 40 years later. It was fun to feel like a mini-celebrity and getting our picture printed in Newsday. Thanks for thinking of us.
PS: Could you post the photo on your website or give info on how we can get that page in some archival form?
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Bill wrote:
I knew your Dad real well. We played golf together on Thursday nites at Bethpage and got together for dinner afterwards. I remember he used to bring his own "HOT" peppers to the restaurant(Galleria)and add them to his food.
I missed alot him when he was transferred to St.Augustine.
Hello, Bill.

Just out of curiosity, do you recall the greens fee to play The Page back then?

On a more topical note;

Many thanks to the people who made landing on the moon possible.
Phil_J

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Jul 20, 2009
 
One of the guys wrote:
...Could you post the photo on your website or give info on how we can get that page in some archival form?
The color photo was included in the recent on-line Newsday article titled "Cradle of Aviation hosts Grumman lander vets." I was able to capture the photo and text and download it to an MS Word file.
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Jul 21, 2009
 
Arigo wrote:
My dad Peter Arigo worked many years at Grumman and I remember as a child going to Calverton. I feel the work that was done should be celebrated.
Your dad was my boss,tell him I said hello.My calibration stamp was IL99 John A
Robin Frenzel

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My mom, Marilyn Duffy, who worked at Grumman at that time made arrangements to take my Girl Scout troop to see the clean room in Plant 5. I remember we had to clean our shoes in a machine to get into "The Hanging Gardens" just to look down at the Lem. I remember as a kid sitting on a friend’s roof watching the Guppy going down the runway, I thought I would never get off the ground, but it did. Growing up in Bethpage was great; we watched the planes take off all the time. Little did I know then that I would be employed here. Back then "The Old Timers" would show you what they did and how they did it. The "Pride in Workmanship" was astounding; you wanted to be a part of that. I’m proud I still am 35 years later.

“Read between the lines”

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Jul 22, 2009
 
I was at the Cradle of Aviation museaum about a year or so ago, and I remember talking to a curator who used to work for Grumman, and on the LM project. I could see the pride in his face, as he stood there with me talking about what it was like to work on a piece of history, it was a feeling that i have never forgotten
ARIGO

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Conservative Senior wrote:
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Your dad was my boss,tell him I said hello.My calibration stamp was IL99 John A
I am sad to inform you that my Dad Peter Arigo passed away in 1988.
Bill Huntington

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ARIGO wrote:
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I am sad to inform you that my Dad Peter Arigo passed away in 1988.
I am so sorry to hear that,Pete was a great boss very fair and considerate.My best to all your family.

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