Editor a pain, but has a sense of humor

Lynn Moncus

This woman from Ima has remained quiet in re Editor Hagenah for as long as possible and now really must see if he has the sense of humor he says he has. Of course, this could be the last column if he’s a little edgy as he prepares it for his paper.

At least, one of us has learned from his late-night calls that he reads it very carefully before butchering it for the paper. In one of his last calls, he accused me of being meticulous with my writing and had pounced on my neglecting to include an apostrophe. He corrected that error and then managed to create a few more, probably thinking he would show he knows how to correct my work and then to incorrect it because he really doesn’t like meticulous people.
At least, he shows that he is human because he also creates errors in his own column by misplacing words or leaving out a few. If he is anything like the young editor, who was here for several years, he will trade remarks with me on occasion just to break the monotony of being an editor as well as a writer. No doubt, the writer side of him becomes impatient with the editor personality because the latter is responsible for all errors — even those created inadvertently by the writer. Because the editor is also the proofreader, he is supposed to be all-seeing and all-knowing in order to have every item in the paper printed correctly. In other words, when I become creative with spelling and grammar, TV is supposed to correct my errors to keep both of us from looking less than brilliant.

Sometimes, I almost feel a little sorry for him because none of us likes to have our errors exposed in print, especially when we have worked hard to try to correct them before the publisher goes to work. As people have pointed out the errors I overlooked while proofreading the early printouts of our book, I have fumed over my shortcomings and have even apologized for them. In that case, I am the only one to blame; however, in the case of this column, I can merely blame the editor and go on about my business whether or not I created the error or he did. Obviously, I much prefer placing blame at his door than accepting it myself.

I rather enjoy his “TV Time” because it offsets the serious columns that so often appear in the press. We need to have a little levity to clear the fog brought on by the headlines, such as “Labor office set to close,” “Pipeline prospects proving poor” or “Post office looking unsafe.” Such negativity could make us think we are reading our town’s obituary and could cause major fits of depression were we to avoid turning the page so we could read about car shows, pinatas, and Texans. Although we know times are a bit tough, we would prefer that good news overshadows the bad.

When you see TV peddling along on his bicycle, you might try waving instead of running over him. He really is trying to learn about our county and has even managed to get slightly lost while trying to follow directions given to him by the natives. The next time he asks you for directions to Lucille, just tell him it’s over yonder and save him the pain of trying to find it. When the time is right, he will find it on his own. Let’s just help him feel at home so we won’t have to try to break in a new editor any time soon.

The next one might have no sense of humor.