His wife was a waste of a docent training slot.
She never served for one minute as a docent, but she got a "perk" that NO genuine, hardworking docent ever got.......and this loafer arranged that insult to REAL Docents.
He was never an officer, but he wanted people to think that he "could have been an officer". If he "could have been", why wasn't he? He left the Navy to become a school teacher.
"PEOPLE WHO CAN - DO"
"PEOPLE WHO CAN'T - TEACH"
A "wannabe" with an attitude shaped by years of of being dismissed as "irrelevant" by students when he was a teacher, he thought he had found a place on U.S.S. Midway where he could finally be "important".
He thought he had finally "made the grade". He probably still thinks he is a senior officer but knows that he is not, and never was, and never will be - an officer.
His hours and energies aboard Midway were dedicated to trying magnify his "importance". He waged personal, vindictive wars against Docents who had better ideas than his and made the mistake of speaking up. He fired Docents who had better ideas, and then claimed the ideas as his own.
HE FIRED DOCENTS WHO HAD DIED.
HE SIMPLY DID NOT CARE ENOUGH ABOUT DOCENTS TO ASK ABOUT THEM WHEN THEIR PROLONGED ABSENCE FROM DOCENT SERVICE WAS BROUGHT TO HIS ATTENTION.
HE THREATENED TO FIRE OTHER DOCENTS WHO WERE UNABLE TO STAND WATCHES BECAUSE THEY HAD DIED OR WERE HOSPITALIZED.
HE SUSPENDED OR THREATENED DOCENTS WHOSE WIVES WERE SICK AND NEEDED EXTRA CARE.
HE SUSPENDED OR THREATENED TO FIRE DOCENTS WHOSE WIVES HAD DIED.
HE DIDN'T CARE ENOUGH ABOUT DOCENTS TO ASK IF THERE WERE PROBLEMS OR SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES IN THEIR LIVES THAT PREVENTED THEM FROM VOLUNTEERING.
HE SIMPLY ELIMINATED THEM.
HE FIRED DOCENTS WHO HAD SERVED AS AVIATORS WHO HAD VOLUNTEERED TO GIVE FIRST-HAND ACCOUNTS OF FLYING OFF A CARRIER AND LANDING ON A CARRIER.
IN WRITTEN MEMOS TO ALL DOCENTS POSTED ON A PREVIOUS INTERNET SCHEDULING SITE, HE PUBLICLY BELITTLED AND BERATED THOSE FORMER AVIATORS AS "GLORY BOYS" AND "HOT SHOTS" AND SAID THAT THEY WERE TO SERVE BELOW DECKS IN AREAS IN WHICH THEY HAD NO DUTY EXPERIENCE.
IN AN ACT OF SELF CONTRADICTION, HE ACTIVELY SOUGHT MEN WHO HAD WORKED IN THE GALLEY SO THEY COULD PROVIDE FIRST-HAND ACCOUNTS OF SERVING CHOW.
HE ALSO SOUGHT MEN WHO HAD SERVED IN THE ENGINE ROOMS, PRI-FLY, AND THE FO'C'SL SO THEY COULD IMPART INFORMATION ABOUT THEIR AREAS OF SERVICE.
HE NEVER UNDERSTOOD THAT MIDWAY DOCENTS GIVE THEIR TIME FREELY AND ARE HAPPY TO DO SO. HE BELIEVED THAT MIDWAY DOCENTS WERE ENLISTED MEN WHO WERE THERE TO SERVE HIM AND HIS EGO.
I KNOW OF ONLY ONE DOCENT WHO WAS RIGHTFULLY DISMISSED BY THE DOCENT COUNCIL FOR PUBLIC MISCONDUCT, UNETHICAL BEHAVIOR, AND PUBLIC MISREPRESENTATIONS HE MADE AT PRIVATE PARTIES HELD ABOARD MIDWAY.
"ONLY STALIN HAS FIRED MORE VOLUNTEERS AND LOYAL WORKERS"
He never cared enough about people to find out why some Docents "disappeared".
He simply "fired" the dead and the disabled.
HE GAVE HIS WIFE A LANDING AND NIGHT ABOARD A CARRIER AT SEA IN SPITE OF HER NEVER HAVING SERVED AS A DOCENT. (Meanwhile, hundreds of docents have served thousands of volunteer time and have never gotten anything but a "form letter" if they were lucky, or berated and fired if he decided to steal their ideas.
He gave himself awards and personally claimed honors for the accomplishment of REAL docents. He made agreements he never intended to honor.
MIDWAY continues to be a resounding success because of the selfless work of hundreds of genuine volunteer docents who have never enjoyed the perks this person's wife enjoyed. An apology for his behavior should be given by San Diego Aircraft Museum / U.S.S. Midway to ALL past and present Docents.