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Call Me Pat: The Autobiography of the Man Howard Hughes Chose to Lead Hughes Aircraft Hardcover – March, 1994

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  • Hardcover: 415 pages
  • Publisher: Walsworth Pub Co (March 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898658713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898658712
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,501,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Killian HALL OF FAME on August 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Now that Martin Scorsese is releasing his long-planned biopic THE AVIATOR, the life oh Howard Hughes starring Leo di Caprio from TITANIC as Hughes, expect a new flood of interest in the mysterious relict and his weird ways, especially towards the end of his life. Expect parallel interest in CALL ME PAT, a title from about ten years ago newly re-issued to meet the boom in Hughes studies. Hyland was a Navy radioman and a brave sailor indeed, whose exploits in the service deserve even more expansion than they merit here. Funny how the patriotic among us get short shrift while the merely wealthy, like Hughes, garner all the attention. By the end of the 1950s, Hyland (charmingly called "Pat") had taken over the operations of Hughes Aircraft while his boss, HH, was battling it out on every front with his movie star wife, Jean Peters.

Until 1980 this remained Hyland's job, not only his vocation, but his avocation. Between him and Hughes a mysterious bond remained. Hughes had stepped away from the glamorous, Hepburn and Gardner and RKO life by the time Hyland became CEO oh Hughes Aircraft, and so this wonderful book will be a kind of sequel to the Scorsese effort, which insyead concentrates on the less dismal, exciting and earlier Hollywood years and features a cameo by Gwen Stefani of No Doubt as Jean Harlow, the tragic platinum blonde whom Hughes directed in HELLS ANGELS and sought to dominate elsewhere.
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I retired from the Hughes International corporate office and had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Hyland and some of the early founders of Hughes Aircraft Company, one of the most dynamic and successful defense companies in our nation's history. I recommend his book as a premier autobiography, which summons the reader into the world of a remarkable man and to the world of Hughes Aircraft Company and its founders. As written on the book's cover leaf, "Call Me Pat is a must-read for students of business, high technology, adventure, and one of the most fascinating personalities of our time". The book is an easy and delightful read, replete with good humor, stories of the invention and development of the radio, radar, and numerous other electronic and navigations equipment. One need not have a technical background to enjoy reading "Call Me Pat".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JoeV on December 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book. I originally stumbled across it at the book store in the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. I am eagerly awaiting a Kindle edition so I can read it all over again while traveling. What a gem of a book. It gives you insight into exactly what it was like being the CEO of Hughes Aircraft. Whether you are a corporate manager or an engineer in the defense business you will not be disappointed with this book. I am an engineer but actually enjoyed the insight into the business aspects of running a very large company. My favorite part is when Pat initially takes over Hughes Aircraft and can't get the CFO to give him financial numbers...read it for yourself to see how Pat Hyland handled this situation.
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Excellent book from a prospective of the beginnings of the early radar and RF communications industry through to commercial satellite ventures of the late 20th century.

Oddly, Pat does not cover the Glomar Explorer project (1970) which successfully recovered part of the K129 submarine (index 1) or the key hole reconnaissance projects (1962 - 1970) (Corona, Gambit, and Hexacon) (Index 2). of which all the necessary technology for commercial digital camera fabrication was completed. Essentially Pat's crew developed the ability to have camera optics somewhere away from the end user, take a picture, digitize the image, and send in a format through microwave signals to a receiver which reconstructed the image to be viewed in any visual format. All done prior to the beginnings of Arpa.net (1970) (Index 3).

I was able to find one error in the book of which I think Pat had his notes and facts crossed from Decenber 1962 to September of 1963. This error occurred on page 320, paragraph 2. Mr. Hyland describes President Kennedy communicating to the premiere of Senegal (Dia) by way of ship carrying Bendix equipment stationed in Dakar as "was it demonstrated to radio and TV reporters our synchronous orbit satellite experiment was a complete success".

The Syncon 2 satellite was launched on July 26th 1963

On August 23, 1963, Kennedy called Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa from the white house to discuss nuclear test ban treaty and the recent prize fight involving Dick Tiger

However, a presidential conversation did occur between President Kennedy and the his staff on December 18th, 1962 of Premier Dias overthrow and state of hiding after losing a power struggle to President Senghor.
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