OPINION: Now Hear This, You People

Rear Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, 58, wispy (5 ft. 7 in., 130 Ibs.), single-minded godfather of the atomic submarine, speaks only one language: plain English, spiced with pepper. Last week he flouted Navy customs by showing up in civvies before the House Select Committee on Astronautics and Space Exploration, flouted congressional etiquette by unleashing peppercorn potshots that had even his hosts ducking for cover.

Pity for the Mind. First came his blunt reasons why he thinks that the Administration's new space program ought to be directed by a civilian agency. "The Defense...

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