At the beginning of 1941, the Carl L. Norden factory had planned an output of 800 bombsights a month, but the attack on Pearl Harbor caused immediate expansion of the facilities and production. By the end of 1943, nearly 2,000 Norden sights were being turned out monthly.
– from a biography of Carl Norden, by the Norden Retirees Club
And so, I learn today, my brother and I owe our existence to this day of infamy.
In 1941, my father was teaching physics at the University of Pennsylvania, and my mother was a copy editor at an ad agency in New York City. In 1943, Carl Norden expanded the company, opening Norden Labs in lower Manhattan. It was there that my parents met: my father worked on the bombsight, my mother on the Insight, the company paper.