Ed Henderson (biged@SCOUTER.COM)
Thu, 11 Dec 1997 19:06:09 -0600
In a post yesterday Neil Lupton (NeilLup@aol.com) was discussing some of
the less than stellar reasons that scouts might go up for the Eagle badge
and close to the end he added something that caught my attention.
We have had endless wonderful lists over the years of Eagle Scouts who have
gone on to do great things (NASA Astronauts, President Ford, etc.). These
are wonderful lists and I hope they continue but Neil listed some fallen
Eagles. These are people who earned Scouting's highest rank but somewhere
alone the line faltered and forgot their Scouting heritage. He mentioned:
>Charles Whitman - Who about 20 years, shot a number of individuals at the
>University of Texas.
>John Erlichman - Who was the domestic assistant to Richard Nixon and later
>was convicted in connection with Watergate. However, having heard him since
>then, he did seem to learn some values as a youth and realize where he had
>departed from them
Now I don't care to take up a lot of bandwidth on this but I think all of
us would be a but curious to see a list of others who might be on this list.
In the same line, I got a book written by a Tulsa Scoutmaster, George
Schaffer a decade ago which was a list of the kinds of congratulatory
letters that famous Americans (many of which are Eagle Scouts) send to new
Eagles. Each spread of the book has a photo of the celebrity on one side
and their letter on the other. I was impressed with the book until I came
to the O.J. Simpson page with a letter from him when he played for the
49ers (as far as I know he was never an Eagle Scout, if he had I am sure
the media would have been all over it).
There are a couple of other personalities who have had bumpy rides since
them as well. Todays hero is tomorrow's tabloid fodder.
If anyone has a contribution to this list, could they send it to me, after
a week or so of collecting names I would be happy to provide them to anyone
who might want them.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City