In article <20485208.1178245505774.JavaMail.email@example.com>, Jack Sarfatti <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>Red Herring is posting a pack of lies about me. Not a word of it is >true. You cannot believe every rumor, every piece of misinformation and >disinformation posted by malicious people hiding behind false IDs that >you see on the Web. For example, the story about me and Murray Gell-Mann >is a complete fabrication by John Baez for some reason I cannot fathom. >What John Baez did was to take a story told to me by a physicist Ed >Siegel about him and Gell-Mann in the elevator. Baez, whether by >confusion or intent I don't know, substituted my name for Ed Siegel's. >He has still not corrected this error and that really is not conduct >becoming for a professor at the University of California. Curiously >enough, I received my PhD in physics under Fred W. Cummings in August >1969 from the same university campus where John Baez teaches in the math >department.
Yeah - and it's Fred who told me that story, attributing it to Gell-Mann.
So, either the story is true, or Fred or Gell-Mann misremembered the details, or one of them was having some fun at your expense.
But feel free to claim I made it up; doesn't matter to me.