John Edwards writes: “Given the discussion on your site late last week about the appropriateness of the word ‘fart’ in headlines, I thought you might find this obituary amusing.” Excerpts:
Perhaps most important to Bill was educating people on the dangers of holding in your farts. Sadly, he was unable to attain his life-long goal of catching his beloved wife Judy “cutting the cheese” or “playing the bum trumpet” — which he likened to a mythical rarity like spotting Bigfoot or a unicorn.
Molson’s stock price fell sharply on the news of Bill Eves’ passing. Senior executives at Molson called an emergency meeting to brace for the impact of the anticipated drop in sales.
Mark Washburn, who wrote the Charlotte Observer’s Sunday story about its printing presses going silent, says in an email:
“I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve snuck into the catacombs to watch the Flying Paster in action. Invented 100 years ago, it’s still the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen. [The late newspaper publisher] Bernie Ridder named his racehorse after it. Finished fifth in the Kentucky Derby behind Spectacular Bid. Always perplexed me how something owned by a Ridder didn’t finish in the money.”
Lizzie Eschauzier’s American mother was one of Disney’s animators, working on the 1940 movie Fantasia. It was during that time that Lizzie, then 9, went on a special outing.
“Walt took me to Disneyland. He said: ‘Go and enjoy yourself, do whatever you want, look at all the people having a good time.’”
Eschauzier’s memories of the master cartoonist were brought sharply into focus….
Visiting Disneyland in 1940? But the park didn’t open until 1955. (My email to the reporter brought back an auto-reply that said she’d be away until Feb. 25. By the way, I’m told by my tipster that Eschauzier is a former assistant to the National’s editor. She was also quoted in a 2012 National article about asthma.)
My name is Dottie Andrews and I am a retired proofreader from the Palm Beach Post. I live up here with my daughter and have a daily subscription to the [St. Augustine] Record. I was commenting to my daughter about the number of typos in the paper and she said that the Record uses volunteers for proofreading. I would like to volunteer my time. Is 90 years too old? I still drive and am a voracious reader. You can contact me at (904)XXX-XXX. Thanks, Dottie
I called Dottie this morning and she said she was willing to drive her 2000 Chrysler Cirrus to the St. Augustine Record to help catch errors before the paper goes to press. (She lives about five miles from the newsroom.)
“I read every page” of the Record, says Dottie. She’s done that daily since 1995, when she moved to the St. Augustine area. Dottie, who was a Palm Beach Post proofreader for 13 years before retiring 26 years ago, says she spots “quite a few” errors in the Record’s ad and editorial copy.
“The day before yesterday I saw unfinished sentences in two articles. It was a mess.”
I’ve forwarded Dottie’s email, with her phone number, to Record publisher Delinda Fogel.
Tuesday morning update: Dottie tells me she hasn’t heard from the Record.
* This year’s Polk Awards honor coverage of the NSA. (liu.edu) * Brent Bozell (left) is dropped by the Quad-City Times after it’s revealed that he uses a ghostwriter. The paper is looking for a replacement. (qctimes.com)
* Taxpayer money is used to relaunch the print edition of a suburban Madison, Wis., newspaper. (madison.com)
* Hearst digital boss: “You have to be careful that the pursuit of traffic doesn’t overwhelm the editorial mandate.” (digiday.com)
* Brian Krebs says what he makes from his Krebs on Security blog is a “nice bump” from his Washington Post salary. (nytimes.com)
* An Otterbein University student journalist is asking the Ohio Supreme Court to order the private school to turn over arrest reports and other records. (dispatch.com)
* A Northwestern professor has sued the Sun-Times and other news outlets for using “rape” to describe allegations against him. (dailynorthwestern.com)
* “What is the Washington Post doing reprinting press releases?” (ksj.mit.edu) * Vice is looking for a copy editor to work on “it’s upcoming Vice News website.” (gawker.com)
* RIP: Former Washington Post reporter Edward Walsh was “a classic old-time journalist,” says Leonard Downie Jr. (washingtonpost.com) | Pulitzer-winner Angelo Henderson, who died at 51, was one of Detroit’s strongest voices, says the mayor. (detroitnews.com) | (wsj.com)
* The late-night talk show format could go the way of the soap opera. (vulture.com)
* “Tasty or tasteless?” asks the reader who points me to this Houston Chronicle blog post. Update: It’s been pulled, but here’s a cached version if you care to read it.