Los Angeles Times A1 Typo Cracks Us Up*

We all make typos.

We can admit it.

And normally, we wouldn’t call out another media outlet for a typo, but this one from the front page of Friday’s Los Angeles Times is too good to pass up.

From John M. Glionna’s story on 85-year-old Las Vegas retired sheriff Ralph Lamb:

Goodman called the sheriff to arrange a meeting. Lamb agreed to meet at 5 the next day. “OK, I’ll see you at 5 p.m.,” Goodman recalls saying. “He said, ‘No, 5 a.m.’ That’s the kind of guy he was. It was a Wild West town back then, and Lamb had a bunch of tough deputies who were there to do his bidding.”

Butt cracks eventually appeared in Lamb’s public persona…


[H/T LA Weekly]

Update (5:30 p.m.): LA Observed points out the actual typo was on A12, though the story started on A1. Henry Fuhrmann of the Los Angeles Times reached out to the LA Weekly to provide more clarification about the typo:

This may be more detail than you need, but the mistake occurred at the final stage of production. The article had already been copy edited (and, yes, spell-checked). The copy editor decided, for reasons of appearance, to move the drop cap (i.e., large capital letter) from the paragraph in question to a position three paragraphs lower. In changing the computer coding involved, he also inadvertently changed the spelling.

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