Lee was instrumental in helping to build the finance department. He showed courage and intelligence in the moves he initiated. We had an argument or discussion over some issue, once. At the end of the conversation, he said."Fuck you." Then walked out of my office. He was a valued friend and assocoiate. I feel bad for him.
Unfortunately, that type of quality is not appreciated at Meridian. It's always been image over substance. How fast can you say, "I agree". Ozzie is a perfect example of that. Surdell doesn't get it. He's too much of a wuss. He's a visionary, but from an administrative standpoint he'd fuck up a two car parade.