OR THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, THE FOUR sons of the late Cloyce Box-Tom, Doug, Don, and Gary-have been battling for control of Box Energy Corp. In February, after a Delaware court ruled that a meeting in which Tom Box claimed he was awarded a controlling share of stock didn’t occur, D Magazine obtained a copy of this interoffice memo written by Jill Killam, chief financial officer.
TO: Tom Box DATE: February 20, 1996
FROM: Jill Killam
SUBJECT: Disruptive Behavior of Don Box
On Friday, February 16,1996, one day after the Delaware Chancery Court decision, Don Box waltzed through the Accounting Department more than five times humming, singing, whistling the funeral march, eating chips, and apparently ettempting to be disruptive. Additionally, on one of these occasions, he went to Carlisle Barker’s cubicle and in a raised voice discussed how I was going to go to jail for stealing computer documents and files. This statement was overheard by several people in the Accounting Department
Additionally, this morning, as you know, Don hooked a tape player up to the Muzak system, changed the lock on the door and began playing a taps consisting of the funeral march, The End” by the Doors, “Eve of Destruction” and others, many of which contained extreme* profanity and references to violent and offensive acts. It took almost an hour to gain entrance to the equipment room (where the telephone system and computer network switches are also located) because a locksmith had to be called Everyone in the Accounting Department, including three auditors from Coopers & Lybrand, was greatly disturbed.
I need some assistance in stopping this disruptive behavior.