Minding your Ps and Ls

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Like most newspaper people, my late friend (and subsequent employer at The Telegram), Steve Herder, and I derived a spot of delight from some of the foibles and print publications — even our own.

One day he telephoned The Daily News to draw the attention of the publisher, yours truly, to one such that we had printed: a letter to the editor in which a customer of the then Battery Hotel complained of finding “public hairs” in the bath tub.

Well, it’s taken a long time (The News expired in 1984) but at last there is payback.

Friday, Aug. 1, The Telegram carried a letter from a retired teacher suggesting it’s again time for the Department of Education to announce that “pubic examinations have been scored and transcripts are in the mail.”

As my old friend Steve was wont to observe, it’s a very long lane that has no ashcan!

William R. Callahan

St. John’s

Organizations: Daily News, The Telegram, Department of Education

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