FORBES MAGAZINE

 

David Armstrong disgorges the most inaccurate and highly sensationalized account about me ever published in a major magazine.  LOL!  For the record: I don't get "breathless" talking about submarines, Dave; I had just run up the stairs to answer your phone call.  I wasn't 53 when we launched the sub; I was 41.  And I never said it was "terrifying."  At no point during the testing of the Nautilus Minisub was I even remotely close to being terrified.  I'm an experienced pilot and technologist, confident in my work and my abilities; yet you color me as a rookie.  And there are additional errors but why beat a dead horse?  This article is a big wad of fluff written to amuse old farts who don't know squat about submarines.  In retro, had I known who instigated this article in the first place, I never would have participated in it.  But as things are, it stands as the reason why, from that point forward, I insisted on writing my own press releases.  Thanks for nothing, Dave.

 

 

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(This article was one of my early experiences with the commercial news media.  It was devised and written by non-subbers seeking to sell magazines.  Most people won't see what's wrong but to a longtime subber like me it looks like crap and I wish I'd never been named in it.  Lesson learned: always insist on final cut.)

 

 

Addressing points found in the article by Forbes Magazine writer David Armstrong, above:

 

 

1. Designing and building submarines is a technical skill; not a "mania." 

 

2. Building a submarine is not "cheap" in any way whatsoever.

 

3. My name is Pat but "David" wouldn't allow me to be called that here!  "Patrick."  Wow.

 

4. I don't get "breathless" when I talk about submarines; I had just run up a flight of stairs to catch Armstrong's single phone interview and was a little out of breath.

 

5. I was 40 years old when I launched the Nautilus Minisub; not 53.

 

6. I never said "It was terrifying." 

 

7. David's specs regarding what the submarine cost and how deep it's been are all wrong.

 

 

All that in only the first 1/3 of the article?  Sorry Dave!  If this was a writing assignment; you flunked! 

 

 

 

 

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