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Today, we have the incredible story of Robert Furman. Robert who, you ask?
Well, check out today's Metro section for the tale of a man who led an amazing life of derring-do as the leader of an international espionage operation in World War II, as he tried to learn if the Germans had any atomic secrets. He supervised Moe Berg, the retired baseball catcher who became a spy.

(I had to trim a great quote about Berg. When Berg joined the Senators in 1932, the Washington Post's Shirley asked one of his new teammates, outfielder Dave Harris, if he was aware that Berg spoke seven languages. "Yeah, I know," Harris said. "And he can't hit in any of them.")

Anyway, back to Robert Furman .... Earlier in his career, he had a crucial role in building the Pentagon. He actually signed his name in tar on the back of the cornerstone that has been in place since 1943.

Later, Furman led a quiet life as a prominent Washington builder and construction company owner. Most people he met had no idea of his amazing life of intrigue during the war.

By Matt Schudel  |  October 19, 2008; 6:19 AM ET
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There's at least one other good quote on Moe Berg:
(from Wikipedia)
[In 1924] Major league scout Mike Gonzalez sent a telegram to the Dodgers evaluating Berg with the curt, but now famous, line, "Good field, no hit."

Posted by: LeRoy LaRoche | October 19, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

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