I’m linking to this story because you don’t have to register with the Chicago Sun-Times to read it, and because it’s funny, and because it deals rather drolly with what must be a top-fiver of a hell week for editors at the Chicago Tribune. Twice this week, they’ve run photos of “accused mobsters” who turned out to be ordinary citizens. Twice. Ouch.
This isn’t funny, I know, but there’s something about mob names — Joseph “The Clown” Lombardo in one case, Frank “the other, law-abiding one” Calabrese in the other — that’s funny, and at least one of the misidentified taxpayers took it reasonably well. (The other is suing for $2 million. When opportunity knocks, answer the damn door.)
Mostly I’m glad I don’t have to be in that newsroom, where, I guarantee you, many people are really sorry they have to come to work today.
Once in Fort Wayne, during the horrible aftermath of a child abduction/rape/murder, we ran a composite sketch of the man who drove the car the little girl was seen getting into before she disappeared. At the bottom of the page was a feature story on a local store, with a photo of the owner. Who was a dead ringer for the man in the police sketch. We got several phone calls from wiseacres that night — hey, where’s my reward, I found the guy — but if the store proprietor noticed the resemblance, both he and his lawyer were silent about it. Which I think says more about police composite sketches than anything else.