Jan. 5, 2005

Jules Siegel is confident of Thomas Phineys conclusion on Memogate

Mikus Grinbergs wrote: Sorry, Jules. Despite your arguments, I find Dr. Hailey more persuasive. His website imrl.usu.edu is currently down for reconstruction, but interested readers can find a copy of his draft document at http://wizbangblog.com/docs/Bush_Memos_v2.pdf Get him to show you a 1972-73 typewriter with a 5 like the one in the memos. He will never be able to do it, because it is specific to Times and is the identifier for the font. The shape survives all distortions. Hey -- get him to show you that 5 in his own specimens. Very odd, but there aren't any, even though the 5 appears in several places in the memos. Hailey is persuasive only to people who don't know much about the technical issues. Thomas Phinney presented his case to a hundred typographers at the St.Bride typography conference in London. Although there were many questions, no one disagreed with his conclusions.He says, "I offered a $1000 cash reward to anybody present who could find a typewriter or low-end typesetting device from 1972 that can match the relative line endings of all the memos. Despite typographers as a group being a relatively time-rich and cash-poor bunch of people, I have had nobody come back to me with a proposed device." -- JULES SIEGEL Apdo. 1764 77501-Cancun Q. Roo Mexico http://www.cafecancun.com/portfolio

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