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OK, so I posted this anecdote already at under the sign-on Capo di tutti copy. A colleague I admire wrote that it made him laugh out loud, so I offer it to my audience here.

One holiday at The Cincinnati Enquirer many years ago, Bob Johnson, the news editor, was expressing his glee at the prospect of news:

"It's a holiday, and family members who don't like each other will gather, and the tension will build, fueled by liquor, and finally someone will snap. Why, one year we had six killed for Easter."

 Bill Trutner, slotman: "We usually have ham at our house."

Posted by John McIntyre at 11:04 AM | | Comments (2)


That made me laugh out loud.

In one of my careers, I was a Baltimore Police Officer. On Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year and Easter it wasn't the street crime that we were wary of, it was the domestic murder. It was only a matter of where.

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John McIntyre, mild-mannered editor for a great metropolitan newspaper, has fussed over writers’ work, to sporadic expressions of gratitude, for thirty years. He is The Sun’s night content production manager and former head of its copy desk. He also teaches editing at Loyola University Maryland. A former president of the American Copy Editors Society, a native of Kentucky, a graduate of Michigan State and Syracuse, and a moderate prescriptivist, he writes about language, journalism, and arbitrarily chosen topics. If you are inspired by a spirit of contradiction, comment on the posts or write to him at
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