A considerable chunk of the CIA’s declassified archives consists of newspaper and magazine clippings. Some are stories relevant to Agency interests, others - typically critical - concern the CIA directly, and then there’s the ones that don’t immediately make sense.
There are two clues as to the document’s (in)significance - first, one of the boys, Ben Cabell, has his name underlined. Second, clipped off by the scans but still readable, is the reveal that Ben’s dad is one General Charles Cabell - Deputy Director of the CIA.
And so, like any proud parent, General Caball kept a memento of his son’s brush with fame - except instead of sticking on his fridge, he made it a permanent - and until 2007, classified - part of the Agency’s history.
Also included in the clipping are the teen’s recipes for pralines (referred to as Mexican Pecan candy in a very ’50s fashion) and fudge:
All we need now is those CIA cupcake recipes to come in and we’ve got ourselves a bake sale.
The full clipping is embedded below: