Gareth Penn writes: "I knew that Reagan was trying to balance the budget by raising the prices of GPO publications (see The Ecphorizer September 1984, p.22) But I was very surprised to find out that he has also ordered the U. S. Geological Survey to save money by printing its maps in the form of poems (see The Ecphorizer September 1984, p.13)."
I wrote to Gareth: "Well, if one plots the two's complement of the binary representation of the first letter of each line of the poem..."
No dice. Here, then, is the map that should have accompanied "Sympathetic Magic at Goose Pond" in the September issue.
Gareth Penn is probably best known as the greatest amateur Zodiac sleuth after his many articles in The Ecphorizer that lead to the identity of Zodiac. However, Penn is much more than that as he has a keen inquisitive mind that finds an interesting story in just about anything from a memorial to a little-known soldier in a park in Vallejo, CA, to his notes about animals, to plumbing the depths of the limerick. Penn's prolific pen is evident in that he has made a contribution to every issue of The Ecphorizer up through Issue #33 (and counting!).
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