There but for the grace of God, of course. And I’m sure I won’t get to the end of my own career without perpetrating a few more howlers. But this – from the Peterborough Standard in 1979, via Private Eye and ultimately via the Brave New Malden blog – is … wow.
It was passed round the newsroom for amusement, but actually provoked something closer to awe. The unexpected appearance of the perfectly subbed match report halfway through is joyous. And, as the Tribune’s chief revise sub observed, not the least remarkable of many remarkable things is the fact that it fits.
Which only leaves the question: how? It’s almost impossible to believe that this could have happened in hot metal, or even photosetting. But 1979 is pioneeringly early for any kind of electronic pre-press system. Can anyone shed any light? Was anyone out in the field in the late Seventies and working on a system that could have produced a result like this?