The reporter who picked up the phone in the Greenville News newsroom this morning told me that executive editor John Pittman and managing editor Chris Weston were unavailable. “I think they’re tied up with this issue right now,” he said. I asked if the paper was getting complaints. “We’re getting a few and we’re apologizing to them.” (Thanks to Andy Paras for the image.) || IN THE JIMROMENESKO.COM COMMENTS: “One of the ways Gannett is saving a few million bucks is by creating regional centers for doing things once handled at individual newspapers. That error was made on the copy desk in Louisville, KY. It’s a great system, ain’t it?” || Don’t miss the bloopers submitted by readers in yesterday’s “Conversation Starter.”
Nancy Nall Derringer writes on my Facebook wall:
There was a legend in Fort Wayne, about a sports copy editor who knew the guillotine was coming down. As a parting gift, he sprinkled the agate pages with dozens of obscenities, all of which had to be hunted down with a magnifying glass on deadline.
Bill Oakes writes on my Facebook wall:
Anyone remember the “Shitloads of snow” in Crystal Lake, IL? Still my favorite.
I did a search and learned that shitload appeared in the Crystal Lake Morning Herald in 1984. The full caption read: “Arthur Loy, foreground, and his mother, Judy, used teamwork Sunday to clear their sidewalk of nearly seven inches of snow that fell Saturday evening. Though a sh–load of snow fell Saturday, snowplow crews had most major streets cleared by Sunday. Warmer temperatures should be accompanied by rain the next several days.”
More details are on the Straight Dope message board:
It was Jon Young [who was responsible for it]. He actually took me out one afternoon and showed me how to take community pictures. Really good, soft spoken guy.
One of the great things the CL Morning Herald did was shortly after the picture was published and the initial outcry led to Jon’s suspension, the Herald ran an entire page of letters to the editor saying how much they loved the photo and the cut line. It was pretty cool to see.
This turns up another memory that just came to me. The guys in the photo were Steve Metsch and another guy who worked at the Herald, who I believe left and took a job with Miller Brewing. Not only did Jon get busted for the cut line, but then the bosses found out that he actually just went home and snapped a picture of his friends shoveling snow. Double-whammy, as the kids say.