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MORE ON WILLIAM SHELDON
Dick Johnson's submission on author William Sheldon's non-numismatic work generated a number of comments and corrections. -Editor
Dave Bowers notes:
The word is "somatotype", not "somotype". The book photos were NOT nude. Each had private parts covered.
Denis Loring writes:
I'll go Dick one better-- I was somatotyped by Dr. Sheldon himself. I used to visit him and Dorothy Paschal ("Dr. Dorothy" as he called her) at their home in Cambridge, Mass. On one occasion the conversation turned to somatotyping, and the fact that I went to Harvard but had not participated in Sheldon's photographic somatotyping project. He promptly got up, told me to stand straight and face 90 degrees away from him. He inspected me carefully and pronounced me a 4-6-1, (4 endomorphic, 6 mesomorphic, 1 ectomorphic), a solid rarity 6 in the somatotype world.
Your Editor missed another typo in Dick Johnson's submission, and a couple readers picked up on it.
Sheldon carried his analysis to an extreme. He claimed he could tell of other human traits from a person's somotype. Obviously a 9 in endormorphy is going to be sedimentary...
Arthur Shippee writes:
So, he'll have a rocky road to health? Sandstone, perhaps?
Roger Burdette writes:
Got to look out for those “sedimentary endormorphs” – they are closely related to sand sharks and can emerge at any time to attack!
The word "sedimentary" should be "sedentary". Oops! Perhaps Your Editor should get off his butt and open a dictionary more often. Anyway, many thanks to Dick, Denis and others for this fascinating glimpse at another side of a numismatic author. -Editor
Ron Guth adds:
I really enjoyed the links to Dr. William Sheldon. Looking a little further, I found on one of the sites an interesting view of Sheldon and his relationship with Large Cents...it's near the end of the article and attempts to make some sort of psychological connection between Sheldon, his work, and his cents ( www.innerexplorations.com/catpsy/t2c7.htm ).
Of particular interest is a citation from Early American Cents: 'For generations American schoolboys bought, sold, swapped, or swiped old coppers. Some of these boys, especially in old age, have returned to the early enchantment, there to forget or condone the singular incompatibility between human dreams and fulfillments.' (p. 5)
What is this but a description of Sheldon, himself, who fulfilled his professional dreams but not himself?"
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