18, 2004 -- Fixed more typos. Rewrote the last part of Conclusions.
Added White House Q&A session.
Oct. 19, 2004 -- Added a Sep. 15
entry to the Bush's Guard Service Summary, as well as a note at the end
about there being no records of Bush's Alabama service with the 187th.
Oct. 22, 2004 -- Fixed a
wrong link for the August 1 Bush suspension -- had it
pointing towards the CBS memo version and not the Pentagon one as
intended. Also I had a reference to the "Not Observed" (performance
report) document only point towards page one, so I put both pages into
an HTML file and changed the reference accordingly.
Oct. 23, 2004 -- Redid the
presentation of the Pentagon-released proportionally printed document
to make it more obvious (I hope -- some people....)
Oct. 24, 2004 -- Added a couple
of links supporting Kerry's service record. Added an additional font
comparison that was originally in the Teaser. Added a couple of links
to the CBS memo sources in the Bush timeline.
Oct. 27, 2004 -- Stupid *&$%
Mozilla Composer -- you have to really be careful about where it thinks
files are. I just noticed that my "Not Observed" thing I added on the
22nd had broken image links. At this stage, composing a web page should
be much, much simpler than it is, but.... Also stuck in a picture of a
Vydec word processor. Added Bush's Jan. 6, 1973 dental exam to Bush's
timeline. Added a few informational links for CP/M, DOS and WordStar.
Added a link to a sheet of more Xerox (Diablo) printwheel samples. The
Red Sox win the World Series during a full lunar eclipse -- figures.....
Oct. 28, 2004 -- Fixed another
Mozilla image-link special. *&#$@
Oct. 29, 2004 -- Fixed a
tiny typo and slightly reworded my Bush-bashing thing at the end. Went
to the Red Sox parade. Picked a great spot to see them -- so good that
I almost got run over by a motorcycle cop. Then went to see them cruise
by on the Charles in the Duck Boats. Cool, very cool. And such an
insanely huge and insanely happy crowd. This has nothing to do with the
memos or Bush, but it's nice to comment about something....nice. Just
Oct. 31, 2004 -- Added a new
introduction in the course of a new test AHeckofa.Com opening page. The
Patriots finally lost. Maybe the Red Sox can give them a pep talk...
Nov. 3, 2004 -- 'Tis a sad, sad
day for the U.S. -- Bush won, and again via the Red States. All the
research I've done only made me despise even more what Bush stands for.
Bush's core support came from the least educated and the most poorly
informed sections of the population (a good survey of this is at http://www.pipa.org
) and whom the
Republicans exploited to great success via often over-the-top campaigns
of lies and smears. This now well-proven tactic does not bode well for
how future elections will be run. I made some minor adjustments
otherwise. A very sad day indeed....
Nov. 23, 2004 -- Dan Rather
announces that he's retiring this coming March. Of course this brings
up the "fake" memos again. I tuned to Fox News for the first time in
weeks to see their moronic
right wing spin
on it and I wasn't disappointed. Oh well, time for
an update.... I did some minor revs as well and added a couple of more
links to DOD docs and websites.
Dec. 4, 2004 -- I got into some
more online debates/insultfests recently, and that gave me ideas to
make the forgery argument seem even sillier, especially in regards to
the August 1, 1972 memo. So I added that, plus an intro plus a B&W
photo of Bush from the DOD records.
Dec. 5, 2004 -- Cleaned up the
Introduction section a little bit.
Dec. 10, 2004 -- Grrrr.. I had
added some links to the Introduction and accidently linked to a DOD
record instead of the Aug. 1, 1972 "forged" document as intended. I
also made my "disclaimer" slightly less hostile. Also, I might be
getting some more visitors soon, so I tidied up some more and got rid
of some more typos.
Dec. 13, 2004 -- Added an
attribution to that opening Bush quote. Some sources have it coming
from the Houston Chronicle in 1994, but it apparently it actually
originated with the Dallas Morning News in 1990 (Thank-you, Mr. Mink)
Jan. 11, 2005 -- The report from
that independent panel came out a few days ago. I've been too busy to
do a major update yet, but I thought I should at least stick in my
first impressions, which aren't very positive. Sloppy, sloppy....
Feb. 17, 2005 -- Ah, dammit -- I
started on a major makeover of the web site but couldn't in time for
this little thing that's going to take up all my time for the next
week. I did leave up a little teaser of sorts with some preliminary
May 6, 2005 -- Double dammit --
a trip to France and being swamped with work and all of a sudden it's
May. I pulled off the Feb. 17 updartes because they were rushed and I
had overlooked a typo. I replaced them with still more interim updates,
but a bit more carefully gone over. I am so getting tired of creating
overlays.... I think the end of this mostly annoying side trip is
finally coming up, though. Stay tuned....
May 8, 2005 -- Just some minor
add-ons and tweaking.
May 19, 2005 -- Minor adjustments
Oct 6, 2006 -- Boy, that
was a big gap in the updates. There was little new info until fairly
recently, and even then only thanks to some online debates that got me
to find and notice things I had missed before despite my thinking I
hadn't missed anything. I'm currently in the midst of a debate/battle
in the discussion section of the Wikipedia piece on the Killian memos.
There are some typographers there I'm trying to enlighten. They support
the forgery hypothesis with a line of reasoning that
basically goes, "Oh, that's, um, Times New Roman, oh no, wait, that's,
uh....Times Roman!. Yeah, that's it. They didn't have anything that
could do that in 1972 -- they could barely videotape themselves dune
buggying on the moon then. What, the centering doesn't match up with
Word, the superscripting makes no sense, the formatting is archaic, and
what about the contents? Hey, we're typographers so that other stuff
doesn't concern us. It's Miller Lite time, baby!"
Or something like that. In any case, it's been provoking my finding a
ton of new info so I'll probably be updating this more regularly in the
coming weeks. Today I added a scan of some pages of a book that was
typeset on a Diablo 1345A HyType II printer in 1978, plus an
addedum to Hailey's work.
Nov 6, 2006 -- A big, BIG ass
update, combining info I picked up at the Boston Public Library and the
Charles Babbage Institute in Minneapolis, along with more DoD digging,
and combining much of what I had argued on the Wikipedia in regards to
the memos. What a time suck. Lucky I don't do this stuff even for a
Nov 8, 2006 -- Fixed some typos, mostly
to do with the CYA recreation with the 3 different fonts estimated from
the PC Magazine sample.
Nov.12, 2006 -- Added some
samples of "ancient" technology from 1972: the HP-35 scientific
calulator, a picture of a little dune buggying on the Moon (you look at
that and, given NASA's recent
, you realize why so many people today believe all those
); and an ad for the first home video game, the Magnavox
Odyssey. Also added a link to a word processing center. Judging from
some recent Usenet debates, people are really, really confused about
early 70's tech and often refuse to even deal with evidence refuting
their beliefs. I fixed some more typos.
Nov 14, 2006 -- I pulled the
letterhead comparisons because of a typo. I'll redo them and bring up
the centering issue as well.
April 19, 2007 -- Showed
conclusively that the memos could not have been forged under any
circumstances. Made myself a really nice vanilla milkshake.
April 20, 2007 -- Fixed a couple
of minor but annoying typos. The reaction, what little it's been, has
so far been along the lines of "So what -- get a life." Speaking of
April 21, 2007 -- Added a "CYA
memo" in CG Times Bold (which evidently approximates the proportional
spacing on a Diablo-compatible printer) with the line spacing adjusted
to match the original (this isn't exactly cheating since all
daisywheels had a settable "VMI" -- vertical motion index ). I also
clean up the older section.
April 22. 2007 -- Added the
memorandum section of the Aug. 1st, 1972 memo, which apparently can't
be duplicated exactly with a modern word processor, even with Times New
Roman or CG Times Bold -- the letters just won't line up the same way
vertically no matter how much you screw with things.
April 23, 2007 -- Some minor
tidying up for perhaps some new visitors....
April 24, 2007 -- Corrected link
to wrong Texas Air National Guard pdf file on Mary Mapes's site;
cleaned up reference to the Redactron Redacator.
April 26, 2007 -- Fixed yet
another typo and did some minor clean-ups. It appears that the only
people who know about all this are the same people who are hoping the
mainstream media lives down to its current reputation. We shall see....
April 28, 2007 -- Fixed up the
olded section some more, including adding a proportionally printed 1959
"Killian" (in a matter of speaking) memo. I found more, but they are
declassified memos, meaning
they are from generals and such.
June 9, 2007 -- Added a
page of overlay animations of all of the memos as well as samples from
a 1966 Selectric Composer and that draft press release for the
Redactron Redactor. Tedious as all heck to create, but with veddy,
veddy interesting results I do believe.
June 10, 2007 -- Added some more
info to the new Animations page, mostly in regards to the process I
used to create the animations, and also dealt with typos and more typos
throughout the day.
June 11, 2007 -- Cleaned up some
awkward wording relating to the "Festival of Animation" link. So far
very little commentary about all this -- just one response on Usenet.
Disinterest or cognitive dissonance? We shall see....
June 12, 2007 -- A day without
typos is like a day without junk mail....
September 23, 2007 -- Dan Rather
recently filed a lawsuit against his old bosses at CBS and Viacom over
the memos mess, so I'm looking at moving up some planned updates. I
finally added a contact link via some newly created Gmail accounts
because someone had trouble tracking me down for a blog article
proposal. Hmmm....I still wish the friggin regular news media would
finally get off their atrophied butts and deal with this stuff instead.
Whatever.... I guess I'm stuck being "that guy". I liked it better when
I was just a smartalecky Usenet troll spoiling for a good
November 2, 2008 -- Did a long
overdue cleanup and major, major update. Ugh. It's 4am in the morning
as I type this, and this is the night after the time change, so it's
actually 5am to me physically. I'm sure I will spot a bunch of typos
over the next few days.
November 3, 2008 -- Did some
cleaning up and I created/added Flash versions of the two parts of the
original 60 Minutes II broadcast. There is another video file of
Rather's follow up that went into more of what some document experts
thought, but the sound stopped working on the file, probably due to
some odd corruption.
November 8, 2008 -- Reduced some
duplication of the superscript stuff; moved the index up and added the
"Summary" to it; added a new section regarding the other supposed
evidence for forgery; and made the flash video easier for IE (ugh)
November 17, 2008 -- Fixed some
very minor formatting issues typos. Later on I added a new subsection
about how the White House responded (well...) to direct questions about
the memos. I also added a more obvious link to my ever so
delightful Festival of Animation