Sunday, April 08, 2012


I am reading J. Edgar Hoover 'Official & Confidential' and Hoover was a nasty individual who seems to have spent most of his time snooping on other political figures - rather than catching criminals. There is one story that really got to me.

At the conclusion of the FBI academy course for new agents they had to meet Hoover and shake his hand. This was quite an occasion because if your hand was too sweaty of if you didn't look good he would fire you on the spot. One day after the induction Hoover walked out the door and said to the instructor - 'one of them is a pinhead - fire him'. Unfortunately he didn't know which one and when he measured their heads three of them had the same hat size. He fired all three!

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