Editor explains ‘butt cracks’ typo in Los Angeles Times

A profile of Las Vegas’s retired “Cowboy Sheriff” Ralph Lamb appeared in Friday’s Los Angeles Times with the “butt cracks” typo below. Reporter John Glionna says the error wasn’t in the story he submitted, and assistant managing editor Henry Fuhrmann confirms that:

The mistake occurred at the final stage of production. The article had already been copy edited (and, yes, spell-checked). The copy editor decided, for reasons of appearance, to move the drop cap (i.e., large capital letter) from the paragraph in question to a position three paragraphs lower. In changing the computer coding involved, he also inadvertently changed the spelling.

Glionna tells L.A. Weekly’s Tessa Stuart that he’s not upset about the error because copy editors “have saved my ass so many times.”

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