John McIntyre, whom James Wolcott called "the Dave Brubeck of the art and craft of copy editing," writes on language, editing, journalism, and random topics. Identifying his errors relieves him of the burden of omniscience. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org, befriend at Facebook, or follow at Twitter: @johnemcintyre. His original "You Don't Say" blog at The Baltimore Sun ran from 2005 to 2021, and posts on it can sometimes be found at baltimoresun.com through Google searches.
On this date on 1986 I arrived at Calvert Street to start
work on the copy desk at The Baltimore
Sun. That makes it, accounting for the [cough] hiatus [cough], twenty-five
of the past twenty-six years.