|More on the Tiger Mike character:|
The stories of Tiger Mike resonate in Houston oil and gas circles to this day. At one point, Tiger Mike was allegedly carrying on a torrid affair with one of the McGuire sisters (a popular singing group from the 1960's) at the same time as Ms McGuire was the mistress of Sam Giancana, the notorious Chicago Mafia boss. No one was ever quite sure whether Tiger Mike had Sam's consent to that arrangement.
Another time, during a particularly difficult work-out negotiations over a botched drilling project, Tiger Mike waltzed into a conference room filled with creditors and their lawyers in his trademark one-piece khaki polyester leisure suit with white shoes and belt. He proceeded to throw his briefcase on the conference room table, grabbed a 45 caliber pistol out of the briefcase and slammed it on the table to the astonishment of everyone in the room.
"Now," exclaimed Tiger Mike. "It's time to deal!"
Funny, my boss's boss might have heard that story as he pulled the same trick - pulled out a 45 and laid it on the table just to get everyone's attention at the start of a meeting back in the '70's. I regretted I hadn't been there - it would have been a blast to take a restroom break, call the police and report a crazy looking (and he was crazy looking) man with a gun at the location and give his description. Would have pleased me to see him confronted by the police but would have been tough to keep a straight face.
Times have changed.