Posted by lex, on February 14, 2008
Following in the old man’s footprints:
(At) a town hall meeting this past summer in New Hampshire, (Senator McCain) was quoted by a local newspaper as saying, “You know, my son Jack attends the Naval Academy, where he has zero demerits. I got so concerned; I had DNA tests run just to make sure he was my son.”
Well, Senator McCain can stop worrying about his son not living up to his legacy – Jack’s gotten himself into trouble, or has gotten “fried” as midshipmen call it, while at the Academy.
“The [chain of command seems to] know I have been doing something so they hammer me whenever they can,” says a spirited Jack McCain. “I have been fried for wearing flip-flops outside. I got 60 demerits and was restricted to the Academy for that. I also received several demerits last year when I forgot to shave.”
“So far, that’s it,” McCain says as he glances around Dahlgren Hall during our interview. “That’s what I have gotten caught for.”
60 demos? He’s lucky.
In my day we had it rough **: We had to get up in the morning at ten o’clock at night half an hour before we went to bed, drink a cup of sulphuric acid, work twenty-nine hours a day down Mitchner, and pay the prof for permission to come to class. And, when we got back to our rooms, our company officer and the ‘Dant would kill us and dance about on our graves singing “Hallelujah.”
Sixty demerits, pah! Shoot, in the old days I could (and did) rack up 75 demerits in a single afternoon. Good times.
** 11-06-20 Original link gone except for Wayback Machine; new one found – Ed.