Sunday, October 10, 2004

Our misdeeds will live on forever

Gene Weingarten of the Washington Post shares his emotions as he waited to be called as a "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" lifeline.

He was especially nervous, he said, because he knows only three subjects: the New York Yankees, diseases and exudates of the human body, and presidents of the United States.

I'll let you read how it worked out for him, but I will share an amusing anecdote about copy editors that he includes at the end:
And however she did on the show, things could always be worse. For example, she could have been the copy editor at The Washington Post in 1915 who missed a typo in a story about President Wilson and his fiancee, Edith Galt. The story was supposed to say that the president spent the previous evening "entertaining" Mrs. Galt, but the letters "t-a-i-n" were dropped.


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