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Discoverer of the first man-made satellite

Posted on Sunday, April 27th, 2008.

Lloyd Riddick

Lloyd “Tyke” Riddick (R) and interview partner Angela Bray (L).

Lloyd Riddick is the kind of person who could tell you stories all day. From his beginnings in “Harlem, USA”; to joining the Air Force as a radio intercept operator; to becoming a top salesman at IBM. Mr. Riddick has done it all and then some, but he has one story for the history books. One night during the Cold War, while stationed in Germany as a radio intercept operator, Mr. Riddick discovered a signal he had never heard before. He passed off his transcription of the dots and dashes coming over his headset, and the next day learned that he was the first person west of the Iron Curtain to capture the signal coming from Sputnik, the Russian satellite. However, it was more than 40 years later, long after the Space Race had ended, that he was honored for his contribution, and able to publicly share his story.

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  • A true patriot. I remember those days, we were all on edge. sometimes it takes a lifetime to be recognized for your deeds but the man upstairs kows all.

    Comment from yacantmakethisup on June 18, 2011 at 10:03 pm - Reply to this Comment
  • I am thankful that Storycorps exsists and that i had a chance to participate. It enabled me to communicate my story. Everyone has a story they should share. Do not keep it bottled up. Thanks again. Tyke.

    Comment from lloyd tyke riddick on May 4, 2008 at 2:24 pm - Reply to this Comment

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