Rocket Fever will be in official mourning for the next few days over the death of James Doohan, "Star Trek"'s Scotty. Not only was he a great TV character, but he was also the basis for an office-conduct theory Mike Zawacki and I cooked up while at Inside Business. The Scotty Principle states that if a boss gives you a task, never make it seem as if it will be easily accomplished. Always give the impression that you'll be able to complete the task, but that it will take considerable time and effort on your part. Hence Scotty's habit of always telling Kirk that he'll be able to get the Enterprise up to warp speed, but it won't be easy. To wit:
In ["Next Generation"], Mr. Scott expressed astonishment at the approach of that ship's engineer, Geordie LaForge, to telling his captain how long it would take to work through a particular problem. "Oh, you didn't tell him how long it would really take, did you?" When Mr. LaForge said he had, Mr. Scott replied with exasperation, "Oh, laddie, you've got a lot to learn if you want people to think of you as a miracle worker!"
James Doohan-Montgomery Scott, Rocket Fever salutes you for "giving her all she's got."
I'm liking the job, but -- some of you in Cleveland will be shocked to hear this -- I'm feeling a bit odd about not being in total control of the Weekly's production process. Am I some sort of control freak? Who knew?
Becky and I might join a kickball league. Stay tuned.