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Q: How did you take into account how much of the old Hobey stories were apocryphal?

A: I tried to back up as much as I can, spending time at microfilm, finding out about games these people remember. Legends tend to grow, especially when many of the anecdotes were coming from Princeton alums. I tried to keep that separate from fact. For instance, there was a story on the Web, a good-sized article, that said there was a national day of mourning upon news of his death. I found absolutely no proof of that and couldn't include it. I also read he had the crash on the same day [ex-fiance] Mimi Scott got married, which is great drama but didn't happen — I found her wedding announcements and things. To me his story is enough the sense of a greek tragedy that you don't need to embellish it.

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