• Steve Anderson

Rear Admiral John Bitoff | Restoring Civility To Our Public Discourse

Rear Admiral (ret) John W. Bitoff Rear Admiral Bitoff in his talk at CHQWest on Saturday, October 20th, entitled "Restoring Civility to Our Public Discourse" struck a chord with everyone gathered in Jean Phleger's Woodside, CA home.

He included a broad range of responsible references that ranged from the film, "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" a documentary that profiled Fred Rogers, the actor in the long-running Mr. Rogers television program and a panel discussion on civility in 2016 at the Smithsonian entitled, "Civility in America - where did it go?" and classic authors such as Henry James whose quote he drew on to provide clarity to his theme, in which Henry James wrote: "Three things in human life are important: The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind, and the third is to be kind."

While Admiral Bitoff had served in some of the U.S. Navy's most highly regarded positions and times, his foundation of civility began at home. "My father was the son of immigrants and a self-made man who never talked about his achievements which were many and he wanted me to be a good man above all else." His father had given this clear, simple advice which he adhered to and has now become an advocate:"Don't forget where you came from and always take care of your men."

This presentation took place on October 20, 2018.

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