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Re: Professionals
Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:32am
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(The following debate revolves around the post I made HERE)

On page 8 of That Fiend In Hell, Cathy Spude states that “only three professional historians have attempted to examine the Smith story within some context other than that of an adventure.” By adding the word "professional" the author is able to limit her readers to seeing only biographies that aid in her conclusions.

In her starting post she thoroughly explains the definition of "professional." I have a saying on my sites, I'd rather be found wrong and learn the truth than think I'm right and never know. It basically means that the truth is more important than whether I am the person who disclosed it or not. Apparently, one main difference between Cathy Spude and me, is that I am more interested in what is being written, whereas Cathy is more interested in who is writing it (and the academic degree they possess).

Cathy writes, I do discuss the contributions of ALIAS SOAPY SMITH on pages 191-194 in "That Fiend." It is true that she does "discuss" my book, but that is a post planned for a future write-up on the blog examining the content of her book.

Jeff Smith

  • ProfessionalsCathy Spude, Tue Dec 11 3:14pm
    Jeff: The third definition of the word "professional" in my copy of Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, is "characterized by or conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a... more
    • Re: Professionals — Jeff Smith, Wed Dec 12 10:32am
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