Naval uniform for a Time magazine cover opportunity

The mythology of Rickover presents dark and light sides, an instance of the latter fascinating me in this pithy aside from biographers Norman Polmar and Thomas Allen:

Rickover even put on a uniform for Time.

Refreshingly, the Admiral hated kitting up (he hated much about the Navy he served). Of course his alternative dress was standard fifties suit and tie, but his dislike of pomp endears him to me (not much else does). The January 11, 1954 cover of Time magazine bears the title “Atomic submarine’s Admiral Rickover: In sea power, a revolution.”


Polmar, Norman & Allen, Thomas B. 1982. Rickover: Controversy and Genius. Simon & Schuster, New York, p. 205.