Elba Steve does make a very good point here. It's an illness, not being able to sit back. As much to blame for anything here are the fools who dangled a $300 million dollar carrot in front of him - bait that he could not resist. If there is anything that I am sorry for, it is that he was mentally unable to walk away and enjoy that retirement with his family at his horse farm. It would have saved many people much grief and pain. In his mind, the truth for him was that he could really straighten things out at CSX (and like Steve, I'm not convinced myself that they really needed straightening out - perhaps a little tweeking). Fact is, EHH was lured to his own demise by his own restlessness, and unrelenting personal ideology. You can simplify that to greed if you wish, but it's a whole hell of a lot deeper than that. To be honest, I don't think that too many people really new EHH. He wouldn't allow it.
And Stinger, with regard to the Brinks truck, you could be wrong. EHH didn't want that truck in his funeral - he directed it to Mrs. Harrison and the family. Make no mistake, he knew the minute he took that job, considering his health, where that money was destined. He won that round.
RIP Ewing Hunter Harrison. May this life lessons translate to a more compassionate and understanding soul in the next dimension. He did achieve some remarkable things in his career, unfortunately, at least for this generation, they will be overshadowed by contempt and resentment. To the "good riddance" and "I'm glad he's dead crowd", well ,that's just silly, unhealthy and self deprecating beyond measure. The words are of no use now. The epitaph, however, is clear to me. "He Was Driven"...
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