Smithsonian Magazine - - Dis­cus­sion -

FOR THE FIF TH CON­SEC­U­TIVE YEAR, Amer­ica’s first spy­mas­ter, Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton, graced the cover of our “Se­crets of Amer­i­can His­tory” is­sue. Among the rev­e­la­tions was Liza Mundy’s new re­port­ing on the un­sung women code break­ers of Project Venona, who top­pled Soviet spies in the Cold War—a story that For­tune hailed as “fas­ci­nat­ing.” Eleonor Moore of Roscom­mon, Michi­gan, said she’s “al­ways in awe of sto­ries about women who had amaz­ing un­known roles in his­tory.” Be­lieve it or not, read­ers were most riled about “Call of the Wild Man,” our skep­ti­cal essay about Big­foot. “Why is main­stream sci­ence so threat­ened by this phe­nom­e­non that it blindly re­fuses to even in­ves­ti­gate it?” asked Thomas Den­ton of Eustis, Florida. On Face­book An­drew Gangi­dine mused, “The idea that there’s more than just us out there is . . . the driv­ing force be­hind sev­eral aspects of mod­ern sci­ence.”

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