August 20, 2007
News & Opinion: Ending
From Robert Townsend's classic book Up The Organization comes this beauty. For those of you that haven't read the book or forgotten it, it has short alphabetical chapters and the chapter called "Killing Things, V.P. in Charge of" comes:
It's about eleven times as easy to start something as it is to stop something. But ideas are good for a limited time--but not forever.* * Dr. Robert Sobel, Associate Professor of History at Hofstra University says that the British created a civil-service job in 1803 for a man to stand on the Cliffs of Dover with a spyglass. He was supposed to ring a bell if he saw Napoleon coming. The job was abolished in 1945.