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Guinness says Peary first at Pole
The Guinness Book of Records is not recognized as a scholarly source of historical information. Yet they have presented correctly the basics facts about Henson and Peary's 1909 accomplishment. Still, there is a glaring mistake; Cook did not claim he reached the Pole "...earlier that month,..."

More significantly Cook's North Pole claim is so phony it does not even warrant consideration. Cook was a colossal fraud as evidenced by every known account. Thus one wonders why his name still burdens the memory of men who risked their lives to accomplish deeds of genuine merit. If Guinness would delete mention of Cook I could die a satisfied man. [V.R. 2002]
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Copyright 2002 Lord Vernon Russell-Twittledorf Robinson, MCE (Member of the California Empire)