Commander Joseph Cheesman "Snake" Thompson
was Hubbard's mentor and one of his greatest influences from childhood.
As early as 1917, Commander Joseph Thompson spearheaded efforts to
establish the infant Zoo as an educational institution. He began by
delivering Saturday afternoon lectures at the Park Boulevard cages.
These lectures eventually expanded to cover other natural history
Malinger: To feign sickness or any physical disablement or mental lapse or derangement, especially for the purpose of escaping the performance of a task, duty, or work. Person who consciously feigns or simulates mental or physical illness for gain.