OK, Bill, the author didn't say "full zoom" (two words), but how would you interpret this "this lens can focus closer than 1" from the front element when zoomed out all the way". When zoomed out all the way" (five words).
That's why I gave you the definition of Zoomed Out. It doesn't mean make the lens longer, it means wider field of view. You zoom in on something to make it look bigger. Zooming out makes the subject look smaller ... as happens when you choose a shorter focal length.
Mr. Friedman was correct.