You know, Phil, it's funny that Ed Mitchell would misremember such a thing, when you and I remember that landing site so vividly. (Yes, I know Ed's getting up in years... but still.)
Even to this day, some 35 years and five months later, I still could walk up to a picture of the landing site and point out Triplet, Doublet, Weird, Outpost, Flank... and, of course, Cone and Old Nameless. Heck, I can even usually find the Cloverleaf and Star (which were Apollo 13 designations that got dropped during Apollo 14 planning), if the image includes enough of the surrounding terrain.
I don't know why that particular landing site was so memorable -- maybe because it was small enough for you to memorize all the fine detail (unlike some of the J-missions; I have to look at a map to tell you where Salyut and Earthlight were located at Hadley, for instance), but varied enough to provide some very memorable features.
One thing I never understood -- if sampling Cone was so important, why didn't they land in the valley between Cone and Triplet? They could have easily deployed the ALSEP to the north or south, in better and flatter terrain than up near Doublet, and would only have had to walk a half-mile to get to Cone and not the mile they ended up walking... oh, well, I guess it's a little late to be second-guessing such things.
-the other Doug