Having his name on millions of globes sold throughout the world brought LeRoy M. Tolman pride of ownership and a deep sense of responsibility.
It also meant most complaints came directly to him.
The longtime chief cartographer for Replogle Globes -- the world's largest globe manufacturer -- would hear from civic leaders worldwide upset that their city didn't appear on his work. Lithuanians complained that they were shown as a Soviet state before the U.S.S.R. collapsed, and Argentines didn't like the Falkland Islands colored pink like Britain.
In the 1980s, the Japanese wanted their atlases and globes to show that the northerly Kuril Islands belonged to them and not the...