Saturday, March 21, 2015
Stanley Johnson, R.I.P.
I fondly remember Johnson Gage Company CEO Mr. Stanley Johnson as a man of courage. He empowered ethical professional engineers, including one of my clients, to speak out against retaliation and low-quality fasteners at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station of Southern California Edison Company. The transcript of his unrebutted expert testimony on gaging in San Diego (before U.S. Department of Labor District Chief Administrative Law Judge Robert D. Kapan of Camden, N.J.) indicates he picked up a fastener and it "rang" because it was dimensionally-nonconforming. Some 60-70% of the fasteners at San Onofre were dimensionally nonconforming -- hundreds of thousands of them located close to an earthquake fault line. Although NRC was insouciant, Mr. Johnson helped us win justice for my professional engineer client against Southern California Edison Company. Mr. Johnson was a truly wonderful man who was angry at injustice and coverups by the U.S. nuclear powerplant industry. He enjoyed life and he freely gave of his time to help us conquer what General George S. Patton, Jr. might have called "the wickedness and oppression" of the "enemies" of workplace free speech rights in the nuclear industry. By the way, the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station has finally closed. Salud, Mr. Johnson!