Blue Sky Dream

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Blue Sky Dream: A Memoir of America's Fall from Grace is a 1997 memoir by David Beers. In addition to chronicling growing up in a family involved in the California aerospace industry of the 1960s, it also explores similarities and differences between the military-industrial command economies of the Soviet Union and the United States during the Cold War.

Blue Sky Tribe[edit]

The author coins the phrase "Blue Sky Tribe" in his book, using the concept of the tribe. He describes a group of people with a common set of beliefs as such. It describes technocratic upper-middle class suburban aerospace families who settled in California's Santa Clara Valley in the 1950s and 1960s who believed that their unquestioning commitment to such corporate megaliths as Lockheed would be rewarded with continual government funding for unending defense projects which, in turn, would lead to never-ending prosperity and upward mobility. This belief became the core of the tribal myth. However, involvement in the "Black World" projects of guided missile technology and spy satellites required blue sky companies to increasingly restrict their employees' right to talk about their work to anyone, including their own family, so adults became frustrated workers and parents, with children becoming distanced.

Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Inc., is a child of a Blue Sky Tribe family.

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