By Vincent Schilling
Wanting to get to the bottom of the matter, Pulling decided to do some research to learn more about the second signature.
"I spent 34 years in law enforcement, and I can find people if I need to find them," said Pulling. "It is a whole lot easier today that was 30 some odd years ago. I am retired now but it didn't take me five minutes to get something on James' Facebook page and another five minutes to get a phone number."
Wahwassuck, meanwhile, had caught wind of the omission from an inaccurate April 16 story at DelawareOnline.com: "Titanic tribute honors special connection with First State."
Pulling reached Wahwassuck at his home on the Prairie Band Potawatomi Reservation in northeastern Kansas at 3:30 PM, and their conversation quickly established that Wahwassuck was indeed the artist. An hour and a half later, Pulling was telling gala attendees the story about Perry and Wahwassuck.