The above is a superimposition of an MS Word 2002 document (red) and the "original" memo (gray).
The document was typed using Times New Roman size 12. The document used the standard MS Word formatting. The only deviation: The header was further indented 1/8th of an inch from the default.
In order to superimpose the 2, the original was resized twice, once in the horizontal direction and once in the vertical. The relative proportions were NOT changed on either document.
Anybody would like to guess the chances that a 1970's typewriter and a 2002 version of MS Word would yield documents that are so similar???
I guess the same odds that Kerry will sign standard form 180 and release "ALL" of his records.
I'm impressed, and I've been looking at typefaces for over fourty years. Different versions of the same typeface are always a bit different. For one thing, they have to be jiggered to display pleasntly on a computer screen. Same holds for computer printers.
One thing few people know is that real (lead) fonts are tweaked for each type size. The proportions are jiggered to hold ink and look good for each size. This is not done by TrueType, and I doubt it it's done much at all in word processing.
I have catalogs of "professional" computer fonts. Some of them cost several hundred dollars for a single typeface.
The 3-line centered heading is curious to me. If it was supposedly hand-typed, that means that this colonel knew how to manually center a proportional font.
In my old typing lessons, centering on a manual or electric typewriter involved finding the center, and then backspacing one space for every 2 letters. I have NO idea how one would center a proportional font on a typewriter, as the spaces would not be equal.