I was talking with someone today about sampling and vaguely remember a story about some very well-respected statistician recommending systematic sampling from the phone book in a particular legal case. I remember the story going something like a judge in court saying something to him like "I don't know much about statistics, but I do know that sampling every 100th name isn't correct" and then he had to explain to the judge that he had in fact recommended that.
Anyone know where that story comes from or if I'm remembering correctly? I'd like to refresh my memory of the context. It feels like something I read in Mosteller's memoirs, but checked and didn't find it there. Also, someone in our department said it sounded familiar and thought it might have been Cochran, and someone else remembered George Cobb telling a similar story, but that didn't help in my search either.