Post-Dispatch reader makes a copy editor’s day

St. Louis Post-Dispatch copy editor Ted Rodgers says he thought of “Barkis is willing” — from Charles Dickens’ “David Copperfield” — while trying to come up with a subhead for a news brief.

“The item was about Warren Buffett, but in an allusion to ‘David Copperfield,’ I wrote ‘Buffett is willing.’ I did not think anyone would catch the so-very-light allusion, but went ahead with it.”

Reader Jim Steffen got the reference and, after arguing with his brother about it, called the Post-Dispatch to make sure he was right.

“The call was forwarded to me,” writes Rodgers. “It made my day, and Jim’s.”

* Reader appreciates literary reference