understood grins. i believe '96 or so was when walt first began his efforts to find a more productive system than what the double deep was giving him.
my comments above are more representative of where walt arrived after a few years of tinkering and fine tuning.
in the end, he had settled on wintering with an empty shallow 'pollen box' on the bottom of the stack, then a deep, then 2 shallow supers over the deep. he fed if necessary to ensure the deep and 2 shallow supers over it were plugged out with stores.
in late february, he brought up the empty shallow pollen box and checkerboarded it with the second shallow super above the deep, leaving the first shallow super completely full of honey.
after this he left the hives alone, until a little later in the spring at which time he moved a shallow super of brood back down to the bottom of the stack to become a pollen box again.
this is an accurate description the checkerboarding method that walt wright describes in the manuscript linked above, and what he was discussing in the years leading up to his passing.