Although the Post article confirms that Thomas was good at his job, it states that he wasn't quite so good at following procedure and staying within the bounds of his contract.Thomas' new job is with the World Wildlife Fund.
This story, spread in part by e-mails from Thomas to Internet newsgroups, initially broke in the LA Times.From that article and from materials from Thomas himself, it seemed to be about censorship.However, according to the Post, Thomas acted outside his charter and may even have published outdated data.The Post points out that environmentalists and conspiracy theorists have made a martyr out of Thomas, ignored the facts and used the story to further their cause.
This story is about far more than just maps and mapmaking.
- Myth of the Martyred Mapmaker: Fired Contractor Turned Into Hero (Washington Post)
- Map Maker Fired Over Arctic Chart a Cult Hero (LA Times)
- Doonesbury Strips Covering Thomas
The strips ran 5/14-5/20.
- Fired for Publishing a Map? (GIS Monitor)