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Our Navy Magazine - December 1968 - The Nuclear Santa

December 1968 Our Navy Magazine

The Navy Man's Magazine Founded 1897
Vol. 63, No. 12
December 1968

On The Cover: Firefighters on the deck of the battleship New Jersey.

December Features

  • "Navy-1968" In Review
  • The Indians
  • The Nuclear Santa
    BY J. D. HOWARD 10
  • Bombs Away! (of life)
    BY DALE L. KITE 13
  • Your Science IQ—The Moon Race
  • OUR NAVY's Ship of the Month
  • The Saga Of The Seagoing Camels
  • Covers And Cancels
  • Exclusive Interview—Lieut. Brimmage
  • Urgent—Expedite
    BY D. L. MERRILL 38
  • The Men On The Flying Trapeze
  • The "Boats" Was Literate

News Department

  • Pentagon Report 26
  • Atlantic Report 28
  • Pacific Report 30
  • Yard Report 32
  • Washington Briefs 34
  • Inland Report 36

Regular Features

  • Liberty Port — Athens 50
  • Shipmate of The Month 52
  • Crossword Puzzle 57
  • Pass the Word   58
  • Laff Lines 64
  • Boob Report 65
  • Editorial 66
  • Picture of The Month 68


Publishers Letter


I was invited recently to compete in a rifle match at a New York City school. During the evening I wandered into another room. As I opened the door, I suddenly stopped, for the "captain of the head" was busily mopping the deck. He was too old to be doing this hard wo.rk, so jokingly I suggested that he and I were old enough to retire.

It was like turning on a faucet as he poured out a combination of Italian and English generously garnished with cuss words. In between the language barrier I learned that the school had coaxed him back from retirement because they couldn't get anyone to do the porter's work. (NYC has approximately 7-million residents of which almost 1-million are on relief. Why be a porter?)

"Dose lazy bums shoulda be roundup, along wid alla da bums who hate America and move to big piece unuse land where dey make do for themself," said my friend—and you know, it isn't such a bad idea! Here are a few recommendations—and you have my permission to add your own pet suggestions.

How about the students in a State College who recently had a "sit-in" to force the authorities to permit them to smoke marijuana without repercussions?

Or, NYC reliefers who stormed City Hall demanding (and getting) more money plus a free telephone in case they needed to call a free doctor in a hurry.

Or, the two black Olympic athletes who, while the Star Spangled Banner was being played, saluted our flag with raised black-gloved fists denoting "black power." As if there were any area where the black man was on a more equal footing with the white man than in sports.

Or, how about the Sanitation men in New York. They have a starting salary of 8,500 dollars and a maximum of 12,500 dollars and retirement benefits totaling 3/4 of their last pay.

The Firemen feel that their work is more hazardous than the Sanitation men so they want more pay. The Police think their work is still more hazardous than either so they want even more than the others.

No-one in New York City, or elsewhere, pointed out that the servicemen in combat areas are engaged in more dangerous work than all three—AND AT MUCH LESS MONEY, so I personally say it is about time to give our men in uniform a really substantial raise.

Before anyone calls me unrealistic for gratuitously 'aking your part in the remuneration race. I shall bring this letter and the "Publisher's Letter" series to a sudden close.

I have enjoyed writing this feature and the opportunity it presented for bringing you a few of my thoughts since my first letter back in January of 1960, but other demands on my time preclude continuance.


Office of Publication, Editorial, Advertising and Executive Office, 1 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, N. Y. 11217, telephone: ST 3-4540. Second Class postage paid at Brooklyn, N. at addititnal mailing offices. Single copies 35 cents. One year's subscription (12 issues) $4.00 ($6.00 foreign). Although every attempt will be made to avoid losses, OUR NAVY is not responsible for unsolicited manuscripts.

All material paid for at standard rates. All photographs are official Department of Defense or Our Navy photos unless otherwise credited. All opinions are those of the editors or contributors, and are not necessarily the official views of the Navy Department or the U.S. Government. Member of ABC.

Entire contents copyrighted, 1968, by OUR NAVY, Inc.

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