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Printing Employee On the Mend —Cagle

June 2010

WAIST OF PAPER: As the aforementioned sectional header error suggests, there is a simple reason why a computer's spell checker application is not a silver bullet for the publishing industry or any writing purpose: it doesn't spot misused words, only incorrect spellings. Just ask the Australian arm of Penguin Books, which paid through the nose to find that out.

Not long ago, Penguin had to pulp 7,000 copies of a cookbook due to an editorial gaffe in one of its recipes. The actual recipe called for "freshly ground black pepper." What did the printed version say? "Freshly ground black people."


One has to wonder what would've been included in a similarly twisted recipe book for Watergate Salad...perhaps a pinch of Liddy or a dash of Nixon. Perhaps Cobb Salad would've called for some Georgia Peaches (Ty Cobb was the Georgia Peach. Sorry, I couldn't resist a baseball reference).

Carelessness and short cuts can provide a swift kick in the pants. Or the wallet. So stay alert.

SPEAKING OF BASEBALL: Allied Printing defeated Dairy Queen 17-5 in Manchester (CT) Little League action back in April. The power of printing rules on the baseball diamond. The same day, the Lions Club defeated the Lawyers, 22-5. And who doesn't like the idea of throwing the Lawyers to the Lions?

C-NOTE MAKEOVER: While U.S. currency still doesn't look as FAB-u-lous as the euro, its much-needed makeover culminates with next year's release of the spiffy new $100 bill. Ben Franklin is back, but now he's accompanied by an ink well with a disappearing Liberty Bell.

Included on the C-note is a bright blue security ribbon that is made up of thousands of small lenses that magnify objects in odd ways. The blue ribbon will provide a 3-D effect to the micro images that the thousands of lenses will be magnifying. As the note is tilted back and forth, the images move side to side. If it's tilted side to side, the images move up and down.

Ben's ink well turns from copper to green as the $100 is tilted, and the Liberty Bell will play peek-a-boo during the same movement.

These enhancements round out a monetary makeover that began in 2003 with the $20 bill getting a splash of color, followed by the $50, $10 and $5 bill. The changes, of course, are aimed at curtailing counterfeiting. Interestingly, foreigners counterfeit the $100 bill more than U.S. citizens, who favor faking the Andrew Jackson.

Apparently, the $1 will not get a face lift, so counterfeiters are urged to move in that direction. As for the new Franklin, it debuts next February. PI

—Erik Cagle



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