The Union columnist Boardman better stick to Penn Valley, not Silicon Valley

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Memo to George: “Caufield, not Caulfield”!

The Union columnist George Boardman personifies the “big fish, small pond”/”all hat, no cattle” syndrome that is rampant among many “know-it-alls” in our little community (until you actually look at their resumes).

On Thursday, small-town columnist George displayed his own ignorance — again — when he tried to masquerade as a big-city/Coastal California journalist. In this case he tackled the topic of the Golden State Warriors and its successful owners on his resuscitated blog.

But George lost my interest right away when he wrote:  Warriors’ co-owner Joe Lacob is a partner in “Kleiner Perkins Caulfield [sic] and Byers, one of the most successful Silicon Valley venture capital firms.”

Huh? The iconic VC firm is called Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. For the record, Frank Caufield (not Caulfield) has been active in the venture capital field since the early ’70s.

And George has bragged that he was a business writer in Palo Alto and San Mateo, not just Grass Valley!

When he gets on board in May, the new publisher of The Union needs to rethink the value of George’s column. I’ve long found it to be “fish wrap.” And pointing to a blog with such a egregious error is an embarrassment to any newspaper, even The Union. Next …

Here’s a Kleiner video:

About jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.
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4 Responses to The Union columnist Boardman better stick to Penn Valley, not Silicon Valley

  1. jeffpelline says:

    George fixed his error, writing it off as an “errant ‘l’,” with a snide remark. No, George, you were just ignorant.

    • jeffpelline says:

      Then the other George (Rebane) weighed in with his snide comment — a “fat joke.” George is unqualified to give a Tech Test to local teens. He is a role model for intolerance and false pride. These two have much more in common than their first names. LOL.

      • jeffpelline says:

        Memo to George: There is a difference between a typo (misspelling a common word) and misspelling a proper name out of ignorance — in this case adding an “l” to Caufield. It shows your ignorance of the individual and the firm. We call that a “Medill F.” https://nudictionary.mmlc.northwestern.edu/wildwords/index.php/Medill_F

      • jeffpelline says:

        I don’t think “fish” understands the difference between a typo and misspelling a proper name (adding an erroneous letter, in fact) either. That is not a typo; that shows ignorance of the individual and the venture capital firm he belongs to. And George Boardman is supposed to be a business writer from Silicon Valley! Of course, “fish” never confirmed he went to college, let alone graduate school. LOL. To get an insight into “fish” (AKA David Larsen of Carmichael), read this rant that he wrote: http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2011/tle603-20110116-02.html
        Where are the men in white coats?

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