September 08, 2005

Lest we forget

On September 8, 2004, one year ago today, Sixty Minutes with Dan Rather proudly aired four memos, allegedly written by Bush's superior officer in the Texas Air National Guard Lt. Col. Jerry Killian and supposedly vouched for by "unimpeachable sources", which painted the then-1st. Lt. in a very negative light.

The rest, as they say, is history.

I'm thinking of doing a longer, more in-depth retrospective later, but for now I wanted to ensure that in the middle of Katrina and Rehnquist we don't forget about a true watershed in New Media history.

History started here.

Howlin, every single one of these memos to file is in a proportionally spaced font, probably Palatino or Times New Roman.

In 1972 people used typewriters for this sort of thing, and typewriters used monospaced fonts.

The use of proportionally spaced fonts did not come into common use for office memos until the introduction of laser printers, word processing software, and personal computers. They were not widespread until the mid to late 90's. Before then, you needed typesetting equipment, and that wasn't used for personal memos to file. Even the Wang systems that were dominant in the mid 80's used monospaced fonts.

I am saying these documents are forgeries, run through a copier for 15 generations to make them look old.

This should be pursued aggressively.

47 posted on 09/08/2004 8:59:43 PM PDT by Buckhead
And aggressively it was pursued. Not by CBS, though.

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