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To: Howlin 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 90ís. Before then, you needed typesetting equipment, and that wasnít used for personal memos to file. Even the Wang systems that were dominant in the mid 80ís 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 Wednesday, September 08, 2004 11:59:43 PM by Buckhead
Read the whole discussion which started with Buckhead's post. Your single factoid does not take down the edifice. The commonness of various typewriters, fonts, spacing, and use was tossed back and forth, discussed in great detail, and a series of conclusions arrived at. The conclusions varied in their definiteness, ranging from dead-solid to speculative.
You delude yourself if you believe this bit of general information has somehow been overlooked by people wanting to believe in Bush. The opposite is true; whenever the subject comes up online, folks such as yourself throw out a stray fact that comforts them that they know it all. Be courageous or be silent.
I was the administrative officer for a Navy unit in the 1970s and we used the ubiquitous IBM Selectric. They were used everywhere. BTW, the idea of the commanding officer issuing orders for a physical is bizarre. Scheduling of physicals was a routine administrative matter handled by me and the medical dept. If I went to the commanding officer with orders for a physical and requested his signature, I would be scheduling a visit with the proctolagist to have a shoe removed. Physicals don't require command attention except in the fevered imagination of people that never spent a day in the military.