Richard Courtney neither lives in, nor visits, nor passes through, nor flies over a small village a block or two from Epsom
UPDATE 3/4: Freely admitted, this is, at best a tempest in a thundermug and if you don't know what a thundermug is, go google. The endpoint, such as it is, is that Mr. Courtney worked for a publication CoalTrans International that was headquartered in Epsom until ~2005 and is now HQ near Epsom Surrey. As one Cymraeg llygoden says in the first comment someone working as a technical editor may never have visited the HQ site although they are perfectly correct to use the address on their correspondence. - - - - -
Back on the DotEarth USENET thread, one Raymond T. Pierrehumbert, also known as the occasional rabble rouser raypierre, Louis Block Professor of Geophysical Sciences and The College at the University of Chicago, was seen to write (#550) that one Richard S. Courtney, not Professor at Kutztown University (who would appreciate someone at the Heartland Institute recognizing this), was
“a Technical Editor for CoalTrans International (journal of the international coal trading industry) who lives in Epsom, Surrey (UK)."to which wrote (#558) Richard S. Courtney, not Professor at Kutztown University,
The veracity and value of Pierrehumbert’s comments is demonstrated by his claim that I live in Epsom. My complete address is stated in the above reference that he could have found merely by googling. (In fact, I have never lived in Epsom, never visited or passed through Epsom, and – to my knowledge – never flown over there.)Now comes raypierre in the comments over here to point out that
I wonder if Courtney is even being honest in claiming (so vehemently) he has never been in Epsom, Surrey. I went over to Sourcewatch, which is a wiki, with the intent of correcting the address they list there, but first I checked the link they got the address from. The link is to an op-ed Courtney published in an Australian paper, and that article lists the following as an address:
*Richard S. Courtney is Technical Editor, CoalTrans International,
42 Rutherwyke, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 2NB, England,
See that? Epsom, Surrey. Maybe the guy doesn't live there, but given that he is or was employed by CoalTrans International, it's strange that he has never, ever been to his place of employment. Not impossible, but certainly strange.
The link is redirected to an archive, by the name of pandora and the article does open up some fascinating issues. Courtney not only said that he "never lived in Epsom" but he added that he "never visited or passed through Epsom, and – to my knowledge – never flown over there".
Did Courtney work there when he was with CoalTrans International? Their address is
CoalTrans InternationalBut dear bunnies, you ask where is Leatherhead, a few miles southwest of Epsom of course, and who could blame someone for wanting an Epsom address rather than the down market Leatherhed, although he has sworn an oath that he never crossed the M25.
5 Bridge Street,
Surrey KT22 8BL,
Richard Courtney may simply never have visited the publishing office and you can come up with a whole lot of other implausible possibilities. Courtney threw a hissy fit over this on dot earth. Courtney seems to make a habit of this mode of reply. See this thread on the Scotsman pointed out by Slioch. Look at 46, 52, 56, 57, 61, and 66.
So where does this leave us. Perhaps with Dean Dad, perhaps not. We report you decide.
UPDATE: Some minor glitches corrected.