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Friday, October 9, 2009

Screwed-up Headline of the Day

From the O sports section.

Comments (4)

Bass ackwards.

Dewey Defeats Truman

I'd much rather have that headline be the true story...I was pretty excited, until I read farther.

Go Scots!

I think I wrote a similar headline when I was sports editor of the David Douglas high school newspaper.

Later I worked at the O's sports department where the writers reveled in writing double entendre headlines. One guy got assigned to write a caption and slug line on a photo of the winning hydroplane in a local race, whose number happened to be 69. His first entry was "Blowing through the waves." Rejected. Second try, "Going lickety-split." Also rejected. I think he finally got one past the copy editor on the fourth try.

My favorite headline during that era, seen often in the O and other papers, was over the day's war reporting from Vietnam: "GI's beat off red guerillas."

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