Sometime in the early 80’s I bought a Doctorate from, what was then, Bombay University, using my AMEX card and influence through the British Embassy and my ex employer Lord Cowdray, he of polo fame.
Why? I hear you ask. Well at the time our Engineering Design Director was Dr. Ray Taylor.
Ray pi**ed me off by always insisting in being referred to as Doctor Taylor. So, whilst in India negotiating a multimillion pound contract I took the opportunity to purchase a Doctorate at Bombay University.
The following Friday, at our weekly Directors Lunch, our Chairman, Vin Carr announced that henceforth I was to be referred to as Dr. Keegan.
The following Friday, whilst partaking of suitable Directorial Aperitifs, I advised my Board colleagues that henceforth I would prefer to be referred to as Mr. Keegan.
At this point, with a degree of glee, Dr. Taylor asked if I had decided that my Degree lacked intellectual merit. My response was both considered and measured.
I advised Dr. Taylor that following a two week period of being a Dr. I felt that, with my considerable experience over many years, I could now be considered a Specialist, therefore a Mr.
Needless to say there was considerable hilarity. It was many years later that I learned, because I had one living next door, that it is Members if the Royal College of Surgeons that are called Mr. not mere Specialists. They remain doctors. Ah well!! You can’t get everything right.
After all, I am still a Doctor – trust me!!