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A coincidence spanning 4 decades and 200 feet
by Gary Kent
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Reporter Gary Kent
Reporter Gary Kent
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A basic premise of journalism is to report the news, not become the news. But, this is just too good to pass up.

The signals intelligence Lofton gathered at Hakata was sent to military units in Vietnam and to the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, Maryland.

They were transmitted by teletype. One didn’t work without the other.

While Lofton was in Japan, Bee-Picayune reporter Gary Kent was an ASA teletype repairman in the Philippines.

It is a reasonable assumption that Kent played a part in transmitting intelligence information that Lofton had gathered.

“I spent most of my time at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines,” Kent remembers. “But I also spent time in Okinawa and Taiwan.

“We were forwarding messages picked up from Russia, China, Vietnam and even Cuba,” Kent says.

He has worked for the newspaper for the last 30 years. Ditty bopper Lofton has worked at Prosperity Bank since 2000.

Neither knew the other; they have been separated from each other by more than four decades and, for the last 14 years, by about 200 feet.
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