[Ads-l] Earliest Use of "Cook the Books"

Dave Hause dwhause at CABLEMO.NET
Mon Feb 4 06:58:08 UTC 2019

In the lab field, we call that "sink testing."
Dave Hause

-----Original Message----- 
From: Wilson Gray 
Sent: Sunday, February 3, 2019 9:46 PM 
Subject: Re: Earliest Use of "Cook the Books" 

Useless info, I know, but, in 1963, I was accused - rightly, i blush to
admit - of "cooking the books," in 1963, by a colleague. Having never heard
the expression, before, I asked him what he meant. He explained that he
meant that I was entering false data into the record of tests supposedly
carried out by me in the work of testing the so-called "routine waters,
fuel oils, and lubrication oils" used in the Sunday operation of the
now-defunct Harbor Steam(-Electric Generating) Plant of the Los Angeles
Department of Water & Power.
Since we're still friends, I'll just email him and ask him how and when he
learned the term. Of course, that's still not a cite, but WTF? At the time,
I assumed that he had learned the term in the military, since he had just
returned to work after getting out of the Army.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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