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Season Arts Preview
The 2001-2001 arts season promises to be an exciting one. U.S. 1’s
arts editor, Nicole Plett, summarizes in this issue some of the
important performance dates, and critics Simon Saltzman, Elaine
Strauss, and Pat Summers weigh in with their picks.
Start reading about the highlights in dance, drama, music and visual
Everyone in our business knows that proofreading is
best pursued as a discretionary activity — performed by one
working alone, undistracted, and preferably armed with a dictionary,
thesaurus, and encyclopedia.
Up at the Time-Life Building in New York the editors used to rely
on a cadre of proofreaders and fact checkers — known as
— who attacked each manuscript with an assortment of weapons
above plus a set of different colored pencils. Each of the colors
was used to signify a different level of fact checking. Our aging
Time Inc. source cannot recall the exact code, but a blue mark, for
example, might signify that the word was spelled correctly and that
a dictionary confirmed it. A red check was the highest order of
— and it was often based on the reporter’s personal observation
But, alas, at a community newspaper such as U.S. 1, proofreading is
often an on-the-fly endeavor, relying on writers and editors to
their own work (never a good idea but often a necessary evil) or to
inspect pages even as others are installing photographs or other
So we make mistakes. Two weeks ago, on the cover of our August 29
issue, we identified the CEO of InterCure as Paul Shiels. His is a
name that would challenge any proofreader — in the first it is
not Shields. Moreover it is also not Shiels, as we wrote on our cover.
It is Paul Sheils, and we apologize for the error.
Then on the cover last week, the September 5 issue, we featured three
stories dealing with information age security issues. Since one of
the pieces focussed on the problems of workers talking too freely
about sensitive company matters, our cover headline playfully advised
readers to "turn to page 14 (be discrete)." That, of course,
was another mistake on our part.
The errors was pointed out by several people, most graphically by
a writer from Rocky Hill who identified himself as the executive
of the Center for the Study of Centers: "By the way, has anyone
else pointed out to you the error on the front page of the Guarding
the Gates issue? Unless the articles inside are loaded with
security `blankets,’ the spelling — not choice — of the word
is incorrect. The computer-era youngsters have not likely ever used
— let alone have in their vocabularies — the word
Discrete is restricted to the single meaning by itself,
This writer actually turns out to be incorrect in assuming that a
"computer-era youngster" was responsible for the error. It
was someone considerably older than that, someone who should have
known better. We could reveal his name here but have decided not to.
As someone once said, discretion is the better part of valor.
in this space about the power outage that kept us at U.S. 1 in the
dark for more than 25 hours last Wednesday, September 5, and nearly
postponed publication of our sister publication, the West
But the events of September 11 in New York clearly make our little
problem a distant and trivial memory. Our thoughts are with the
and friends of all those involved.
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