The Los Angeles Times carried an obituary Monday headlined “Nolan A. ‘Sue’ Herndon, 88; one of Doolittle’s Raiders,” and a correction Thursday that said this:
“Herndon obituary: The obituary of Doolittle Raider Nolan A. Herndon in Monday’s California section gave his nickname as Sue. In fact, he was known only as Nolan Anderson Herndon. In addition, his sons were listed as Nolan A. ‘Sue’ Herndon Jr. and James M. ‘Debbie’ Herndon. Neither son goes by those nicknames; Sue and Debbie are the names of their wives.”
This mistake was brought to my attention by a California reader whe’d seen my recent blog item describing home-delivery troubles at the Chicago Tribune aggravated by the outsourcing of consumer services to Manila. He wondered if Tribune Company copy editing has been outsourced too.