Today’s L.A. Times corrections are awesome. I never do this, but this time I’m quoting each and every one in full:
Turkish author — The subheadline on a Sept. 1 article in Section A about a Turkish author accused of denigrating his country referred to Turkey’s “alleged slaying of Armenians.” It should not have been qualified with the word “alleged” in reference to the slayings of Armenians during and after World War I.
Roadside vendors — A photo caption in Wednesday’s Section A with an article about roadside vendors who had gone to the Gulf Coast to sell necessities to hurricane victims misidentified one of the vendors, Paul Clark, as Everett Majors.
CTG director’s name — An article last Sunday on the play “Dead End” incorrectly spelled the name of the technical director for Center Theatre Group as Alice Holden. Her first name is Alys.
Puzzle clue — The 19 Across crossword puzzle clue last Sunday was “Moises of the Cubs.” The answer was “Alou,” the baseball player, but the clue should have said “formerly of the Cubs.”
Japanese city — The Her World column in the Sept. 4 Travel section said the city of Nara is north of Tokyo. Nara is southwest of Tokyo.
Raquel Welch home — The Aug. 28 Hot Property column reported that the Beverly Hills home Raquel Welch recently put on the market was purchased by the actress in 2002. She purchased it in 1997.
It’s tough to select the best one, but I think my favorite is the second one. I can just visualize the end of the conversation:
L.A. Times reporter: “Well, it’s been nice talking to you, Mr. Majors.”
Paul Clark: “Actually, it was Clark. Paul Clark.”
L.A. Times reporter: “Of course. We’re always interested in accuracy. So how do you spell that last name? M – A – J –”
Paul Clark: “No, it’s Clark! C – L – A — ”
L.A. Times reporter:: “Majors doesn’t begin with a ‘C,’ Mr. Majors!”
Paul Clark: “But I’m telling you, my name is Clark! Paul Clark! P – A – U – L — ”
L.A. Times reporter: “I think I know how to spell the name “Everett,” Mr. Majors!”
Meanwhile, no correction on the assertion that George W. Bush “never” met with Cindy Sheehan. But it’s all context, Mr. Majors!