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Jane Albright, a credit to her profession
Then there was the letter from the Books on Tape people complaining that somebody at The Washington Times, where I was copy chief at the time (it wasn't me -- honest!), had used "books on tape" in a generic reference to audio books. I'm willing to accept the BOT dudes' trademark on this, but that got me to thinking: They're books, and they're on tape, so how in the world do you get away with a trademark on something like that? What's next, Brown Pants? But I digress. I can't digress as well as Nicholson Baker, but I try.
Anyway, I should have known this letter was special when I saw that it was addressed to "Copy Desk Chief, The Washington Times." Here, obviously, was that rare person who actually knows how a newspaper works. Most PR types spend their days sending off news release after news release to the "News Editor," not realizing that the news editor at most papers is a page designer, not a news-release digester.
It gets better. Here's what the letter said:
Here I am lambasting PR types who want their precious names in ALL CAPS, and along comes Jane to make a plea for common sense. I wish they could all be like you, Janester.
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