Ellis' Final Days Made Colorful –Cagle
It seems, in addition to leaving footprints in the sand, Dan Ellis sprinkled in some color. His disease, like his troubles, has melted like lemon drops.
TAKEN TO SCHOOL: With the start of school just on the horizon, it never ceases to amaze how there are always a handful of stories in June about botched diplomas. There's supposed to be irony in the notion that an imperfect document is commemorating the graduation of hundreds, if not thousands, of students. Well, A) who on earth actually reads a diploma? and B) c'mon, just how flawless was YOUR academic record?
Really, who cares about the writing on the certificate? Gold-foil embossing is all this reporter needs; you know you've made it in life when someone gives you a certificate that's got a nice embossing. You run a finger over it and let out a quietly-respectful "ooh." Throw on a logo or a coat of arms, and here comes the goose bumps.
Anyway, one of the gaffes occurred in Prince George's County, MD, ruining 8,000 diplomas. We won't "pants" (ID) the printer, because it absorbed the blame and provided replacement sheepskins at their own expense, likely before the graduation party hangovers had gone away. But another example was a little more amusing.
The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs from the University of Texas/Austin had more than a little egg on its face when it was discovered that the commencement program had a conspicuously missing "L" from the word "public" in the school's name. The in-plant that producedthe programs made good on their lost L's and sent three corrected copies to each of the 135 graduates, out of its own pocket, no less.
Let it be known that most printers are honest, forthright and willing to take the heat when warranted. Accountability used to be a given throughout the business world, and now it has become noteworthy when firms do the right thing.