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February 1, 2006 Emmett Brown, Executive Director

Summary: February 1, 2006
Emmett Brown, Executive Director
National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame
P.O. Box 690
10360 Hall of Fame Drive
Hayward, Wisconsin 54843
Dear Mr. Brown:
We are writing you concerning the recent validation of Louie Spray's 1949 world record musky,
on which you sought photographic analysis from each of us. It is our impression that there is not
complete understanding of the results of the analyses we sent you, and we wanted to clarify this.
We want to stress that there is no disagreement among the three of us. Moreover, none of us is
willing to say, based on the limited information and investigations we have made up to this point,
whether or not we believe the record is valid. However, we feel that it is important that the analysis
we have contributed be correctly understood.
The Hall contacted each of us (via director Scott Allen). We were contacted at different times,
and provided different photos. Arnold and Gallian were contacted on November 28. Arnold was
provided only with what you call on the web site the "new photo." Gallian was provided with a
different photo altogether, which has a building in the background. Goldfeld was contacted about
one and a half weeks later and only supplied with the latter photo. Subsequently Gallian was also
supplied with the "new photo" as well.


Source: Arnold, Douglas N. - School of Mathematics, University of Minnesota


Collections: Mathematics