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Subject:Re: Capital letters From:Dan BRINEGAR <vr2link -at- VR2LINK -dot- COM> Date:Tue, 12 Aug 1997 00:59:51 -0700
Peter Brown <pbrown -at- MKS -dot- COM> called to say (if you can make it okay):
>The practice of excessive capitalization is not limited to technical
>fields. <Uni-journalism snip>
>It was especially difficult to convince them that position names
>(whether administrative or athletic) were lowercase unless you were
>talking about a political leader.
Ahhh, yes, the days in student journalism:
Two editors, two reporters, and two professors *screaming* and thumping
various editions of the _A.P. Stylebook and Libel Manual_
at/thru/across/around each other on a point of capitalizing "Student Body
(One of each said do, the others said don't; an hour before press time).
Nevermind that as the edited story ran, egregious factual errors caused a
near-riot at the student union when a grindcore band called
"H8, Inc." performed for a crowd of Young Republicans or that the Music
Entrepreneurs' Club had zero attendance at their seminar/concert at the
other end of campus... and Club Veep jane lane's quote was attributed to
president Daria Morgendorfer (my long interview with MEC faculty advisor/er
Jeff Whatshisname, sax player for Valley club stalwarts "the Groove
Merchants," was cut from the story).
There's a rule of technical communication in there somewhere....<grin>
Dan BRINEGAR, CCDB Vr2Link
Performance S u p p o r t Svcs.