HOUSTON — Think your boss is bad? Well, they're probably a pussy cat compared to this tiger.
Edward 'Tiger Mike' Davis, arguably the world's meanest boss, died at the ripe old age of 85.
Davis was owner of the of the Tiger Oil Company here in Houston, back when interoffice memos meant business. In fact, back in the '70s, Davis was infamous for dispatching disparaging notices to his staff, like this little ditty: "There is one thing that differentiates me from my employees. I am a known, son-of-a-bitch, and I care to remain that way."
President Bill Gilmore of WestStar Exploration Company remembers the oil tycoon. Gilmore says, "He had a reputation of being outwardly and openly fouled mouth, to anybody, at any time."
His employees might have feared him, but friend's and business associates admired his tenacity.
Gilmore added, "He was just that way. That's how he communicated. And I think people listened to him, especially his employees."
They might have been a larger than life businessman, but he was not into small talk, according to this memo.
One memo read, "do not speak to me when you see me. If i want to speak to you, I will do so. I want to save my throat. I don't want to ruin it by saying hello to all you sons-of-bitches."
Of course in the '70s, human resources was relatively unheard of, but there was plenty of hair.
Another memo read, "Anyone who lets their hair grow below their ears means they don't wash. If they don't wash, they stink. And if they stink, I don't want the son-of-a-bitch around me."
Still, after hundreds of memos-from-hell, many who remember Tiger Mike believe his bark was worse than his bite.
"He liked to really, give it to people, verbally. But he's probably, truth be known about him, I bet he was a very kind and generous person," Gilmore said.
And considering his memos, he ran his business, like a boss!