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Hey Ed -
I wondered if you would remember some old Comsat trivia (or know someone around who might) --
My husband is working on a story for the Post about street numbering systems in the area, and he was talking to a now-retired man who used to do the street numbering for Montgomery County. John mentioned that he had heard that when Comsat Labs was built, Comsat was told it would get a 5-digit street number, but that since Comsat was going to be the only building on the new street, it could basically have any number it wanted. Being satellite geeks, they chose 22300. However, the numbering man said that the choice of 22300 was a coincidence - that "he" just assigned a street number arbitrarily to the Labs, and it just "happened" to be the same number as the GSO orbit.
I'm not buying it! That anecdote was one of my father's favorites (about getting to number the street), but I need to find someone else who was involved in the building of the Labs, or at least remembers hearing the story from my Dad (or better yet, hearing it from yet a different person around at that time). Anyway, I thought I'd start with you, and see what you know or can find out.
Thanks! All well with you otherwise?