Could be he's referring to a reduced pension because his working years were cut short at NASA.
Or...could be his pension was mysteriously interrupted to send a message to him.
Both are just speculation on my part. But it can happen.
Friend of mine spent many years working for a private sector company here doing work on guidance systems. We have many defence contractors in town. When he retired from there he took a similar position, on a consultant basis, with a competitor in the same field, and pension checks started going missing or were frequently late . There was a messy lawsuit. In the end he won.
As they say...don't bite the hand that feeds you.
Edited by synchronomy, 02 November 2012 - 12:34 AM.