Music: Read Any Good Records Lately?

A Philadelphia physician has, and his secret is in the groove

It is not E.S.P. Nor is it X-ray vision. Dr. Arthur Lintgen, 40, a suburban Philadelphia physician, cannot explain his bizarre talent. But he has it: the ability to "read" the grooves on a phonograph record and identify the music on it—with the label and other identifying marks covered, of course. Lintgen simply holds a disc flat in front of him, turning it slightly this way and that and peering along its grooves through his thick glasses. After a few seconds he calmly announces,...

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