ADMIRAL HYMAN RICKOVER
"60 Minutes" Interview by Diane Sawyer
He's the Navy's most famous and most cantankerous admiral. Hyman George Rickover, the father of the nuclear submarine, was censored last month for accepting gifts from a naval contractor, General Dynamics, over a 16-year period. The gifts totaled more than $67,000 but it seems that the company was wasting its money. Before he retired, Rickover declared war on General Dynamics. He accused them of trying to cheat the government. When we first broadcast this interview, the investigation of the admiral and the gifts had just begun, but the 84-year-old Rickover was undaunted. He was much the same as he had been in 1957, the last time he submitted himself to an unrestricted personal interview - combative, challenging, deliberately provocative.
ADMIRAL HYMAN RICKOVER:
No, I never have thought I was smart. I thought the people I dealt with were as dumb, were dumb, including you.