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Thursday, September 16, 2004
Want to prove us wrong?: CBS News' experts claim that proportional spacing and superscript were available on typewriters in the early '70s.

Let us ignore for a moment that Lt. Col. Jerry Killian's secretary has said that the documents are forged and that the two typewriters she used when she worked at the Texas Air National Guard were an Olympia and an IBM Selectric (not the Composer model) -- neither of which matches the CBS documents.

Do you want to prove the blogosphere wrong?

Find a typewriter that can match the CBS documents line for line, space for space. It shouldn't be that difficult to find, after all, this mythical typewriter was apparently common enough to be found on a Texas Air National Guard Base.

You'll forgive me if I don't hold my breath.

1:56 AM

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I made a similar challenge last week: produce ten, or even five, contemporary documents that show all the characteristics of the forgeries. I haven't seen them anywhere yet. That's because there aren't any.

Most of the risibile defenses of the forgeries' authenticity can't see the forest for the trees. Maybe some typewriters did exist with proportional spacing and superscripting in 1972-3. Maybe. The question is this: would a high-ranking officer in the TexANG who couldn't type have had one and used it to type memos to himself, with perfectly centered headings and no typos?
 
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