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February 26, 2004

Serious Oops at S&W

Yikes! This UK Telegraph article dicusses a serious lapse at Smith & Wesson. It seems the chairman had a rather color past and some interesting experience with a variety of weapons.

Smith & Wesson, the gun company, suffered acute embarrassment yesterday when the chairman resigned following revelations that he spent 15 years in prison for a string of armed robberies.

How do you miss something like that? I mean, the janitor's having to pee in a cup but the chairman of the board can have a one man crime spree go unnoticed?
James Joseph Minder, 74, did not disclose his colourful past to the company when it elected him as chairman in January. "Nobody asked," he said.

What would they ask, exactly? "Mr. Minder, in your younger days did you run with the James gang, Bonnie and Clyde, or any such thing?" Why no, not specifically...
Mr Minder spent 15 years in jail in the 1950s and 1960s for eight armed robberies and an attempted escape from prison. He was known for carrying a 16-gauge sawn-off shotgun.

Well, from a business perspective I'd at least want to know how profitable his take was before I decide whether to entrust him with the leadership of one of the world's largest firearms company. I mean it's one thing to be an armed robber, but it's quite another to be a poor armed robber.

He first offered to resign last week but received the backing of the board. His resignation has now been accepted.

I guess the batteries ran down on his ED-209. I imagine the board meets started out looking something like this.

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Mr. Minder faces down the S&W boardmembers, backed by his killer robot

"I felt it was the best thing for the company, given the circumstances," he said yesterday.

I'm sure it was, considering that Colt was about to send over this guy.

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I'm hear to deal some OCP justice to S&W


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Comments

I agree with your analysis.

Who better to sit on the board of a gun manufacturing corporation than somebody with hands on experience?

This is supposed to be a Bad Thing?

Posted by: Emperor Misha I at Feb 27, 2004 12:24:46 AM

Same here, if he'd stayed with Smiths instead of droppinig back to the sawed off shotgun, previously known as a blunderbus, if that gives anyone an idea of the technology involved

Posted by: George Turner at Feb 27, 2004 5:05:06 AM