If the man played in some other sandboxes or had dealing with the good and the bad guys at the same time...........who cares! The man did for powerboating what Henry Ford did for the auto industry. I run a 30 year old Cigarette and 'comfortably' do things with my boat that I would be scared to death to do with some of the "performance" boats being built today. I haven't read 'Speed Kills' yet, I did ask Santa for it though . But, if he did the things being discussed on this thread, I still say - WHO CARES! My $.02 - He is and will always be the KING of the powerboat industry.