A hundred years ago today (assuming you’re reading this on Monday), the lead story in the Redwood Gazette was about the sinking of the Titanic.
A hundred years ago today (assuming you’re reading this on Monday), the lead story in the Redwood Gazette was about the sinking of the Titanic. . . . . . Another bit of April 23 historical trivia: Happy Shakespeare’s 448th birthday! Well, that’s if he was actually born on April 23. No one knows for sure. We do know he wasn’t actually born at his birthplace. That much is obvious. But hey, he really wrote all those plays and poems, at least. ...except those people who believe the 17th Earl of Oxford really wrote them make a pretty convincing case for their side. I’m sorry, what are we celebrating again? . . . . . A couple years ago I got an email from an attorney in town. I opened the attachments to find documents for a judge about one of that attorney’s cases. The attorney spent a dozen pages setting out his reasons for why the case should be dismissed, and throwing in a few nasty comments about the plaintiff’s credibility. Scrolling through the document, I thought, “Fair enough, but why did the attorney send me this stuff? What do I care? Are they related to a story I’m writing or something?” While I sat there reviewing the stories I?was working on at the time, the newspaper office got a call from the attorney, wanting to talk to me. “Did you just get an email from me?” he said, skipping small talk. “Yes, but I....” “Don’t open it! Those are confidential papers for the court! I sent it to you by mistake!” “Oh. Well, I already opened it and was wondering why....” “They’re not for publication! They’re not for publication!” I assured the attorney I couldn’t care less about the document, would delete it from my email, and that would be the end of it. That is what happened, but he sure had a good story to tell his wife after work that day, huh? . . . . . I’ve got a correction to make for my article last Monday about the social skills class at RVHS. I wrote “According to (Cindy) Swierenga, about 30 percent of autistic children ‘outgrow’ it, in the sense they learn to accommodate for it.” Special education teacher Jeannie Uhlenkamp emailed me the following clarification: “According to Uhlenkamp, about 30 percent of students with Asperger Syndrome ‘outgrow’ it, in the sense they learn to accommodate for it.” Correction made.