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When I joined the Navy, the old salts told me I would be smoking within a month, I would learn to drink alcohol heavily, and I would be swilling coffee by the pot within a week.  Happily, I am still a nonsmoker and did not become an alcoholic, but I succumbed to brewed caffeine.  At one point I was the only functioning (i.e. not gut wrenchingly sick) Tactical Action Officer on my ship while we were deployed in the Mediterranean.  After 30+ straight hours on watch, coffee was the only thing keeping me as a functioning zombie.

That cunningly leads into this edition of nautical trivia.

Josephus Daniels (1862-1948) was appointed Secretary of the Navy by President Woodrow Wilson in 1913.   Among his reforms of the Navy were inaugurating the practice of making 100 Sailors from the Fleet eligible for entrance into the Naval Academy, the introduction of women into the service, and the abolishment of the officers' wine mess.  From that time on, the strongest drink aboard Navy ships could only be coffee and, over the years, a cup of coffee became known as "a cup of Joe."

Posted on Friday, March 26, 2004 8:22 PM Day Job , & Etc. | Back to top

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