As I mentioned earlier, the Republican convention was being held that year in Miami Beach and it was being run by Gerald Ford, then Speaker of the House.
I’ll close out my series on Richard Lugar with a three-part episode I’ll call:
Fortunately, most of my experiences in Dick Lugar’s office weren’t as creepy as the episode of “Drinking the Kool-Aid” or as alarming as “See No Evil.” There was, for example, the one I’ll call:
On my honor, I will never betray my integrity, my character, or the public trust. IPD Oath
I arrived at the Mayor’s office a bit early, announced myself and took a seat in the waiting room. I had only been there a minute or two when a lady came out, told me the Mayor would be with me soon, and asked me to fill out a form while I was waiting.
In those days the Mayor of Indianapolis was a guy named Richard Lugar. Lugar was an unusual mayor, to say the least. He’d been first in his class in high school and college, had been a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and was an Eagle Scout. He was as straight-laced and honest as a country parson. How he’d survived in politics was anybody’s guess.
One day I arrived at the MP station and saw a new announcement tacked up on the bulletin board. It was notifying everyone that, with the War in Vietnam winding down, nonessential personnel with only a few months left in the Army would be mustered out early. The Army needed to save money.
Just one more exciting episode from the 226th Military Police Company, and then I can move on to the main part of my story.
Towards the end of my checkered career in the Army I found myself stationed at Fort Benjamin Harrison, a large Army base located outside Indianapolis.
In the last few weeks the [FTC] has repeatedly changed policy direction without giving the public any real notice or right to be heard. Noah Phillips, FTC Commissioner