August 1998 Plumbline article on "Missing Day"
by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 28 May 2003
The August 1998 Plumbline included the article "Bible Supplies Missing Info for Scientists"  with this introduction by the editor: "The following article was copied from the Evening Star, a newspaper located in Spencer, Indiana: Did you know that the space program is busy proving that what has been called myth in the Bible is true? Mr. Harold Hill, President of the Curtis Engine Company in Baltimore, Maryland and a consultant in the space program, relates the developments." The introduction does not mention that the article originally ran in 1970. The account in the article is, as best as can be determined, false: the procedure described is impossible to perform, Harold Hill's connection to the space program is misrepresented, and no confirmation of any aspect of the story has emerged in three decades. 
Outcome: In August 1998 I wrote a letter  to the editor of the Plumbline pointing out the facts regarding the above article. The inside last page of the October 1998 Plumbline carried this small-print retraction by editor Skeet Workman: "It seems the article in August Plumbline entitled "...Missing Info for Scientists" is an old article and NOT true. As part-time editor and volunteer; it slipped by me. We will keep trying. Thanks, SW."  (It may well be that other readers offered this correction; I never received any response to the letter.)
(excerpt from A Report on the SBTC)
- 65 “Bible Supplies Missing Info for Scientists,” Plumbline, Aug. 1998, p. 6.
- 66 Bible-Science Newsletter, July 1989; Skeptical Inquirer, Summer 1991.
- 67 Johnston, W. R., letter to Skeet Workman, 24 Aug. 1998.
- 68 Workman, Skeet, Plumbline, Oct. 1998, p. 31.
© 2003 by Wm. Robert Johnston.
Last modified 28 May 2003.
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