Letter to Jim’s Father from probation department: (dated September 24, 1970)
Florida Probation and Parole Commission District Office
Admiral George Morrison,
I am presently conducting a pre-sentence investigation on your son.
As you are probably aware, Jim has been found guilty of indecent exposure and profanity in Dade County.
Jim tells me that it has been 2 or 3 years since he last had any contact with you. I would very much appreciate any comments that you would care to make regarding your son’s behavior and his present situation to include in my investigation.
The sentence date has been set for Oct. 30, 1970.
Thank you very much,
Admiral Morrison’s reply: (dated October 2, 1970)
Thank you for your letter of September 30. I appreciate this opportunity to comment on my son Jim.
I saw him last about 5 years ago during his senior year at UCLA. He was successfully completing his fourth year of college. As in all his academic work through grade school, high school, and college, he was an excellent student. While he had always been an intellectual rebel, he had always obeyed and respected authority.
In 1965 I began a two-year assignment in England. Although I invited him to join us in London after graduating, he declined to start his own career. Since that time he has been completely independent of me financially and in every other way. We have very little contact with him since that time due partly to the physical separation and partly because of some criticism from me.
While in London, I was called by an old friend in California who had been approached by Jim for a loan to finance his first record. Concerned by his appearance, particularly his long hair, the friend called me. I, in turn, wrote Jim a letter severely criticizing his behavior and strongly advised him to give up any idea of singing or any connection with a music group because of what I considered to be a complete lack of talent in this direction. His reluctance to communicate with me again is to me quite understandable.
Since returning to the United States I have on several occasions made an effort to contact him. One time I was successful in talking with him by telephone. Our conversation was quite pleasant and I congratulated him on his first gold album, but nothing of consequence was discussed. We have had no direct contact since that time. However, while we all lived in California in 1969, Jim’s younger brother and sister visited with him frequently and got along famously as they always did during their childhood days at home.
Also an old friend of ours had dinner with Jim in LA several months ago and reported to us that he was the ‘same ol’ Jim’. I have followed his career with a mixture of amazement and in the case of Miami, great concern and sorrow.
While I obviously am not a judge of modern music, I view his success with pride. Based on my knowledge of Jim through his twenty first year, I firmly believe that his performance in Miami was a grave mistake and not in character.
I will always follow his progress with the greatest of interest and concern and stand ready to assist him in any way, should he ask.
Thank you again for this opportunity to affirm my conviction that Jim is fundamentally a respectable citizen.
Very truly yours,
G.S.Morrison, Rear Admiral USN
Thanks to Fred for providing the complete texts of the above correspondence.