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Father Smeared In McCarthy-Era Hysteria

Greene's father, an aeronautical engineer, was CEO of an aircraft parts company. Back in the dark days of communist witch hunts, a competitor looking to get the upper hand named him as a communist to the federal government. Greene's father lost his security clearance, and thus his job.

But justice saw its day. In William F. Greene v. the United States, he successfully petitioned the Supreme Court to reinstate his clearance.

Greene's parents met when someone brought her mother along to go flying with her father in an airplane that he built himself.

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