The Union flubs its Page One feature on RL Crabb: “It takes a Grand Marshall” (sic)

“It takes a Grand Marshall,” The Union writes in a big headline on its front page today. I think you meant “Grand Marshal” with one “l.” And it comes just one day after The Union was criticized for persistent spelling errors, and the newspaper vowed to “continue working on that.” Here’s another from November. The Podunk Post!

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7 thoughts on “The Union flubs its Page One feature on RL Crabb: “It takes a Grand Marshall” (sic)”

  1. And our Ph.D. friend George Rebane can’t get it right either. Rebane declares: “Bob Crabb, Mardi Gras Grand Marshall!” (sic) ROFLOL!

  2. A troll comments on Todd’s blog: “Speaking of Facebook likes … Bob Crabb’s Facebook post with his union newspaper front page photo and story about being selected as the Mardi Gras parade Grand Marshal has 324 likes and 63 comments of congratulations so far.”

    Except that “Marshal” is misspelled in the giant front-page headline, one of the biggest blunders ever. “Welcome to Podunk Pines’!

  3. And here’s how R.L. Crabb moderates his blog:

    “Judith Lowry says:
    August 30, 2017 at 9:55 am
    Sorry guys, but this picture looks like a fake set up to me.
    I tried to find its source online with no luck.
    Can anyone verify this photo?

    “Chris Peterson says:
    August 30, 2017 at 12:01 pm
    Don’t know if it’s real or not, but it’s certainly symbolically apropos.
    And Bob, is that your friend on the left, the one from San Francisco who once sat in the same building as Herb Caen? (Sorry, never took the time to learn his name.)

    “George Boardman says:
    August 30, 2017 at 12:26 pm
    The guy on the left isn’t fat enough.”

    A class act, to be sure.

    1. R.L. Crabb is now name dropping Willie Brown and Herb Caen. I’ve enjoyed my encounters with Willie Brown over the years, including the time I invited him to speak at our Society of Professional Journalists gathering in S.F. Herb Caen was my friend and colleague. Funny, in all my encounters, neither of them ever mentioned R.L. Crabb. I’ll never forget the time the bean counter at The Union wanted to cut back R.L. Crabb’s column to cut costs. I guess because he was so “famous.” ROFLOL.

  4. Local Yocals such as R.L. Crabb are a hoot! “I just had someone on Facebook tell me the Silicon Valley techies are ready to sacrifice their bloated incomes to give everyone in California a guaranteed income. I can’t wait, and I can’t hold my breath that long.”

    I wonder if it occurred to R.L. Crabb that the taxes from the Silicon Valley techies help butter his bread in Grass Valley every day. The truth is that California would lose almost 1/3 of its income tax base if Silicon Valley became a state.

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