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Dr. Vís Magical Putter
Grantland ^ | January 15, 2014 | Caleb Hannan

Posted on 01/21/2014 11:30:07 PM PST by Bratch

Dr. V’s Magical Putter

The remarkable story behind a mysterious inventor who built a "scientifically superior" golf club

by Caleb Hannan on January 15, 2014

A letter from Grantland editor-in-chief Bill Simmons on the origins of this story and how it came to be published can be read here. A guest editorial from Christina Kahrl detailing the problems with this piece as they relate to transgender issues can be found here.

Strange stories can find you at strange times. Like when you’re battling insomnia and looking for tips on your short game.

It was well past midnight sometime last spring and I was still awake despite my best efforts. I hadn’t asked for those few extra hours of bleary consciousness, but I did try to do something useful with them.

I play golf. Sometimes poorly, sometimes less so. Like all golfers, I spend far too much time thinking of ways to play less poorly more often. That was the silver lining to my sleeplessness — it gave me more time to scour YouTube for tips on how to play better. And it was then, during one of those restless nights, that I first encountered Dr. Essay Anne Vanderbilt, known to friends as Dr. V.

(Excerpt) Read more at grantland.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: golf; pga; transgender

1 posted on 01/21/2014 11:30:08 PM PST by Bratch
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To: Bratch

Heard Eric Erickson talking about this on the radio
this afternoon.


2 posted on 01/22/2014 12:00:14 AM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Bratch

This is beyond bizarre. Even worse, it appears quite deliberate. People are losing their minds, and it’s not pretty.

Just wow.


3 posted on 01/22/2014 12:46:05 AM PST by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Bratch

Read all three articles. Interesting read.

I don’t share the viewpoint of the author’s critics.

Good article and more truthful than the subject or the critics.

It’s an interesting study in arrogance associated with LGBT thinking. If they weren’t arrogant, they would be able to face the consequences of their own thinking and be willing to change their thinking. Instead they are victims of their thinking and refuse to face the consequences all the way to suicide.

Makes Romans Chapter 1 that much more pertinent. It all starts with having a relationship with God or rejecting Him. The latter is a losing agenda.


4 posted on 01/22/2014 12:56:59 AM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Cvengr
After reading Bill Simmons' tortured mea culpa, I couldn't bring myself to read the LGBT likely-screed so I give you great credit for your discipline. I enjoyed the original article as the tale of journey that took an unanticipated dark twist that made the story more compelling as it unfolded.

I'd say the situation has become one of sensitive toes that must not be stepped on and your paragraph on arrogance captures that quite well. It is rapidly becoming a near-impossibility for unvarnished truth and transparent tales, lest some "special" population take offense and proceed to get in the way of reality.

As to the writer's prime "offense", the outing of the putter's inventor to an investor, it seems totally within the journalistic purview to approach sources with information that may challenge a particular viewpoint in order to get at another layer of the story. In that context, I see no error worthy of apology by the writer or his editor/publisher. I'm even more skeptical of the need for any apology when considering the source(s) of such demands.

5 posted on 01/22/2014 4:14:34 AM PST by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: Bratch

Fascinating article about a conman.

The article was done right with nothing wrong.

The editor is now apologizing for a journalist being journalist.

That should send a chill down some spines.


6 posted on 01/22/2014 9:53:30 AM PST by ifinnegan
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To: ifinnegan

Agreed.


7 posted on 01/22/2014 10:05:28 AM PST by Bratch
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To: Cvengr

2 divorces, 3 sexual harrassment claims, ordered to pay $800k in a lawsuit, lies built upon lies to market a putter...the trans-gendered thing seemed more like an island of last resort for a con-man than a true identity that needed to be respected at all cost to the truth. Note that Dr. V had attempted suicide just 5 years prior. I don’t blame the author...it actually made for a great story and a cautionary tale for the gullible sportsman and investor. Ironic that Dr. V was marketing a putter while disavowing his own.


8 posted on 01/22/2014 12:46:40 PM PST by ghost of nixon
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