Friday, July 25, 2008

Wood on McRae

I had probably looked at the front page of this week's Outpost 50 times, and delivered a couple of thousand of them, before I noticed that I had misspelled a word in very large type on the front page. Damn it. I think it may be the largest type in which I have ever misspelled a word, but I don't want to even think about whether that's true or not.

At any rate, don't let that stop you from reading the story, which is excellent (and spells "intrinsic" correctly. Here's the part I've been telling everybody about:
At one point Wallace McRae was clinically dead. But the doctors brought him back, and he was lying in a hospital bed hooked up to a respirator, a tube down his throat, unable to move, unable to talk, when in came Paul Zarzyski, a fellow Montana cowboy poet.
He had come to tell Wally that he couldn’t die. If he died Paul would never want to perform his own poetry again, either on stage with Wally or seeing Wally in the audience looking at Paul with a critical eye.
Later, on his feet again, Wally joked with Paul, “Boy, was I ever tempted to die, and relieve the world of having to listen to your poems.”


Anonymous said...

At least your typos are easy to fix. Check these out:

And that was a great article.

Anonymous said...

Don't feel so bad ...

Chuck Rightmire said...

That was a good story. But, Dave, you have to be a perfect proofreader if that's the first mistake in a headline that you've let get past you. In my experience, the headlines are the most likely part of a page to get by a proofreader.

David said...

Chuck, It's definitely not the first spelling mistake I've made in a headline. But I think it may be the biggest type in which I've ever misspelled a word.