Re: Mountweazels

Subject: Re: Mountweazels
From: "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:16:08 -0400

On Fri, 20 Sep 2013 13:28:48 -0400, Lippincott, Richard <RLippincott -at- as-e -dot- com> wrote:

I've been putting a trap of sorts in the manuals I've been doing for my present employer.

My father did this around 1957 for his weekly newspaper. He had been troubled by a local daily paper that would copy his stories, rather than writing their own. In one story he named a local politician whom we will call James Jones, as James B. Jones. On paper day Jones called him, indignant. "Why did you call me James B. Jones? You know I don't have a middle initial!" My father said, "Look in tomorrow's edition of the [city] Sun."

The next day Jones called my father and said, "Well, I'll be damned!"

No legal action resulted, but I'd bet that the editor of the Sun heard about what had happened, and the reporter might have been told to write his own material, or at least check facts, henceforth.

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