When he quit the Department of Health, Education and Welfare in 1962, Secretary Abraham Ribicoff described it as the "department of dirty water, dirty air and dirty looks. I feel sorry for the so-and-so who is going to take my place." One of his predecessors, Marion Folsom, an Eisenhower appointee, complained: "They expect you to know everything, and it's just not possible." One Congressman has called the department "a nightmare," another "a monstrosity." Others call it the Department of Headachesor, more specifically, the Department of Wealth, Aggravation and Hellfire.
John William Gardner, 54, the...