Benny Arlington said he was from a rich family and grew up downtown. His dad had cancer and Benny basically stopped working and took care of him for a longtime during his sickness. Benny told me he was one hundred percent positive that his father’s lung cancer was radiation induced. He figured a fuel flea, what nuclear engineers called atmospheric radioactive particulate, made its way into his dad’s lungs and there radiated him to death.
Benny said his dad made a fortune in the paint business. And all he made was two colors. He was, at one time, the largest producer and distributor of the orange and white paint used on all the state highways and interstate freeways. He had a monopoly and sold millions of gallons from coast to coast. Do you know how many gallons are required per mile of four lane highway? Benny knew. He would formulate such mathematical problems in his head as a distraction. Did you know that the interstate system was a military operation? Benny knew. The whole reason the interstate was established was for contingency operations in case of one horror or another, including nuclear detonation or nuclear meltdown. The road signs used to have military codes on the backs of signs. Currently they have RFID chips in the signs and throughout the highway systems, which only military machines can interpret. Benny knew a lot. His dad got checks from the Department of Highways, but supposedly had meetings with the C.I.A. about military preparedness, related to his paint.
Benny learned most of what he knew about the military though being a nuclear engineer, or whatever it is he actually did, he never was specific. When you operate with as high of clearance as he did, you learn a lot about the military and you learn a lot about the world too. He said once that, ‘when you have that kind of clearance people will just tell you things, everything.’ He didn’t have to read top secret documents, though he did, he just talked with people to learn what’s really going on.