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Sidney Dillon Ripley: The Spy Behind the Smithsonian

May 21, 2020

"He was once airlifted to meet a Thai King. He jumps out of a plane. He is holding a machine gun and he has a tuxedo in his backpack."

Sidney Dillon Ripley was a spy during WWII as part of the OSS (yes, he knew Julia Child - if you didn't know she was in the OSS, listen to our episode on her!). But mostly he used his time in the OSS to travel and collect bird specimens.

This came in handy when he was appointed as the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. 

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