Honor for ADM Rickover
(Intel source: Martini's BBS) A naval academy that will be started up at a high school on the North Side of Chicago will be named after famed curmudgeon Hyman Rickover, the Father of the Nuclear Navy. The brief description of Rickover in the article is nicely understated:
"Rickover, born in Russian Poland and whose family was part of the wave of Jews emigrating to the U.S. at the turn of the 20th century, was a man with opinions that generated controversy, a New York Times obituary said. He died in 1986."
I was amused also by this quote from a social studies teacher who opposed the naming:
"One naval academy opponent, Senn social studies teacher, Jesse Sharkey, called the choice "sobering" because "this guy is the father of some of the scariest, potentially most threatening weapons that exist in humanity."
It's nice to be recognized for what you are... Anyway, I'm of the opinion that Rickover probably did more harm than good during his last ten years or so at Naval Reactors, but he was probably the only person who could have gotten Navy Nuclear Power off the ground as successfully as he did.