I should have taken notes for the photo
captions. I didn't. Ever. Should have.
Because 'shit happens,' even the captions
for the photos will have errors.
This one time it happend because the photographer
had a bad attitude, the Lt Colonel had a quick temper and the
reporter was a stone cold rookie.
Remember the Change-of-Command where I
got a lift from the General? Well I should have had the General
drop me off a block from the site and let me walk the remainder
of the way. Showing up with the General gave a certain Lt Colonel
the wrong impression of my influence with the world around me.
Specifically the ISO office.
The Change-of-Command was for one the air-squardons.
No biggie. During the Vietnam conflict new squandron commanders
were showing up weekly. The ceremony gets done. I take photos.
The reporter takes notes for the article as well as the photo
Everything went as always except for one
itty-bitty little detail. The reporter got the new squadron commander's
name wrong. It was a long Polish name. I know that's no excuse.
But misspelled it was. It wasn't until the following Thursday
when the Windsock was published that the ISO office discovered
Well they didn't discover the error. Someone
else did. Guess who? You got it, the squadron commander. I don't
know why this guy bothered to use the phone, you could hear him
all they way across the base. He was upset. The ISO office apologies.
End of story. Not.
The ISO put a correction into the next
issue of the Windsock and apologized in print for misspelling
the commander's name. Only problem is they misspelled it again.
Different spelling than the first error but still misspelled.
Only at the Windsock. But this isn't the
end of it.
A couple of weeks later I go to this same
squadron to take a photo. I'm approached by the squadron first
sergeant and he pleads with me to get the commander's name correct.
I told him no problem. I will personally take care of it. I would
have if the commander hadn't started screaming at me as soon as
I walked into his office to take the photo. After all I did have
a bad attitude. He actually went to his white board and wrote
out his name in big bold letters. I seriously considered taking
a photo of the white board.
Instead I took the picture I was there
for. The reporter took notes. We left.
Once back at the office I went into a private
conference with Bill Gregory. I told him if he ever, and I mean
ever, correctly spelled the commander's name I would personally
make him look bad. Somehow, someway.
Bill replied, "John, I think you must
"If that shit-for-brains thinks he
can insult me in front of others then he will never forget me.
So just make sure his name is misspelled as long as I am the photographer
Not a good idea to yell and scream at someone
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