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I’m misquoted in today’s D

>Date: 10 Oct 2003 10:49:51 EDT

>From: Alexander D. Talcott

>Reply-To: alex.talcott

>Subject: letter to editor

>To: The Dartmouth

I was quoted in the October 10 issue of The D as saying: “I thought the Indian was in poor taste primarily because it portrayed a human being,” and “It’s sad that we can’t deal with our past with the Indian mascot honestly.”

By blitz, these were my full sentences, which were spliced without use of ellipses by the article’s author: “And the most ludicrous part of this new mascot process was that the Woodsman was a choice; I thought the Indian was in poor taste primarily because it portrayed a human being. It’s sad that we can’t deal with our past with the Indian mascot honestly; we are told by administrators and professors that it was never our official mascot even though it appeared on the front-page design of The D and on athletic team uniforms.”

I see the Forrester was the exact name of what I referred to as the Woodsman. But my point in mentioning that I thought the Indian was in poor taste because of its depiction of a human being was that likewise the Forrester is a human. Similarly, my comment on my disappointment that we cannot seem to deal with the history of the Indian mascot honestly clearly referred to its past appearance on the front-page design of The D and on uniforms.

I hope full quotes appear in proper context in the future, and that even abbreviated quotes can be represented with proper punctuation.

Sincerely yours,

Alexander Talcott ’04