February 17, 1925
Narcotics Expert and Closet Fly Fisherman on WNYC
Special Deputy Commissioner of the NYPD Narcotics Division Dr. Carleton Simon speaks over WNYC on "The World War on Narcotics." Trained as a psychiatrist, Simon (1871-1951) examined President McKinley's assassin, Leon Czolgosz, as well as the water torture techniques used by the U.S. Army against Philippine prisoners following the Spanish-American War. His study led to the end, at least officially, of this procedure. He founded the International Criminal Narcotic Identification Bureau.
Simon was a special advisor to the Hays Commission, which produced the movie codes and later was a co-developer of the process used for photographing the pattern of blood vessels of the retina as a method of identification, the precursor to retinal ID scans. He was also big in the world of fishing and was known as the "Father of Casting." He wrote about fish and fishing under the pseudonyms 'Baron Munchausen,' 'Grape Juice,' and 'John O'Neill.' (Photo: World Wide Studios and courtesy of Carleton Simon Papers. Special Collections & Archives, University at Albany , SUNY.)