Scooping Dan Smith
By Jove, today I think I scooped him. This morning, I retrieved the RT from my mailbox and saw something odd on the front page of the "Extra" section:
No, it's not the huge photo that the RT is famous for. Look below the little picture on the right. The "Bookmark." Here's a closer look:
According to the RT, the Franklin County Book Festival is this Friday. Only it's not. It was A YEAR AGO last Friday! I should know—I was there. So was Dan. And so was Roanoke Times reporter Mike Allen
The RT mentions this event again on page 6 of the "Extra" section, with even more misinformation:
Saturday's lectures by Bob Johnson and Marc Leepson were (you guessed it!) last year. I was there and enjoyed them very much.
So, if y'all are expecting to see me at the Vibe this Friday or at the library on Saturday, I won't be there. I'll be at the William Fleming Class of 1963 reunion.
Unlike the RT which is in the habit of recycling old news, the FC library won't be recycling last year's book festival. As a member of the planning committee for the FC library bookfest—and a member of the Board of Trustees for the library, I know what's happening at the library.
The RT really needs to hire a fact checker.