I made a mistake.
I know, I know. Stop the presses, right?
It’s not like I haven’t made one before … 2004 was a terrible year. Made two of them.
But this one was — what they call in the news biz — a doozy. Actually, they don’t call it that. When you make a mistake at a metro paper and you are called on the carpet for it, the word doozy is not one of the words a managing editor utters.
If you haven’t heard by now or if you did not notice it yourself, here’s what happened:
In last week’s Vista a story on Jay Fox appeared on the front page and it was to be continued on page 2A — but, alas, Dumbo here forgot somehow to do so.
We are running the story in full here on page 2A right above where you are currently reading.
Sorry, my bad.
Wish I could say it won’t happen again … but I can’t do that, of course.
If you were one of the seven people in the Glade that did not either call me and leave a message about it, email me about it, or tell me to my face about it, I can only say thank you for your restraint.
Oh, I know it is human nature to point out the flaws and mistakes of others. And I currently don’t mind having mistakes pointed out or suggestions to improve The Vista.
But I had to laugh (sort of) at some of the messages sent my way.
“Nice “JUMP” in the Jay Fox story in today’s VISTA!!!”
I thought the three exclamation points were a little excessive, but what do I know?
Then you had the voice mails that continued for two days — most of them saying, “Did you know there was no jump of the Fox story?”
Nope, missed it. Thanks for clearing that up for me.
It’s like some wanted to be the first to let me know as there were several voicemails and emails waiting for me upon my arrival in the office. It was as if there was a prize for being the first.
Some — not many — were quite upset. It was like they wanted some kind of special consideration. So I told them that the next Vista that arrives in their mailbox will be free.
Yes, I know they are ALL free, but telling them that makes them feel rewarded I would think for their top-flight job as a Grammar Police Officer.
I might hand out badges. Perhaps give them a sticker or a free Vista key ring.
But I don’t want to sound like this is sour grapes. As I said, criticism comes with any job — especially in the media.
No one took it harder than I did. In fact, imagine my nervousness as I had to face the Publisher of The Vista face to face in the mirror!
Then, I had to go into the office and get yelled at by the Edtior, too.
So an email or two (thousand) is not going to get to me. A cold, hard glance or pointing and laughing I can take, too.
But toilet papering my vehicle with copies of The Vista. That took it too far.
Don’t email me or call — just kidding.