Dr. Hailey Redux

Many people have criticized my original post about Dr. Hailey as being too cryptic. I have over a dozen years of experience teaching and training graphics arts professionals. My eyes saw the problem instantaneously. Perhaps dealing with so many people who understand this stuff, I failed to appreciate how many people would not see the problem instantly. Further, this being such a serious charge, I saw great value in the “see for yourself” method. However, after multiple people asked me to explain it in detail, I am laying out the case in a more user friendly fashion. Feel free to ignore the post if you’ve seen enough already.

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For the sake of clarity, I’ll stick as much as possible to items in the original pdf as pdf’s have accurate page numbers and it is easy to follow along at home. Further, I won’t dispute the content of the professor’s analysis, although it is riddled with inaccuracies. For the sake of this post, I will focus only on how I knew the image in question was bogus.

Throughout the document, the professor makes the case that the font in the CBS memos IS NOT Times New Roman. This is important for him to establish. It was in response to multiple opinions, from both scholars and lay people, who claimed it was Times New Roman, based largely on Charles Johnson’s now famous overlay created in Microsoft Word.

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For those of you who are, by chance, not familiar with this graphic, it is an animation of one of the CBS memos overlaid with the exact same words typed into Microsoft Word WITH ALL DEFAULT SETTINGS. Including default tab stops and the default typeface of Times New Roman. This was the “Ah HA!” moment for many people.[See Footnote 1]

To get to the point where I had a problem with Dr. Hailey’s analysis, we’ll start with page 7 of the pdf where the professor is making the case that all the people who say it is Times New Roman are wrong:

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