Denied entry into the Woman’s Army Corps because of her height, Julia Child joined the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in Washington, D.C., where she worked as a typist. Because of her education and experience, she was soon promoted to the role of a top-secret researcher, working directly under the head of the OSS.
She focused on the development of a shark repellent to deter the predators attacking shipwrecked seamen and bailed-out pilots. Child’s experiments were successful and her repellant is still used to this day. In a way, the development of the repellant was Child’s first entry into the world of cooking.
Anthony Dominick Benedetto, known to the world as Tony Bennett, was drafted into the U.S. Army in November 1944. He was an infa...