It started with a tweet from Texas Tribune CEO and editor-in-chief Evan Smith:
If this pic is legit, it’s near the top of my all-time fave typo list yfrog.com/kk36flksj
— Evan Smith (@evanasmith) May 20, 2012
By the time media blogger Jim Romenesko covered it, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs had already apologized for leaving out a crucial “L” in the program for Saturday’s commencement ceremony. As Romenesko reported:
Susan Binford, assistant dean for communications at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, says the “pubic” typo was spotted after the programs were distributed at Saturday’s commencement exercises.
“Obviously, we are mortified. It’s beyond embarrassing.”
The program went through “lots of layers of approval” without any catching the error.
“As soon as we realized the mistake, everybody went into overdrive and we went to work to reprint it.”
LBJ Dean Robert Hutchings also issued a letter to the school’s 130 graduates about the “unfortunate typographical error,” promising that “we will send three hard-copy versions to each of you…” (Um … that’s what she said?)
As Romenesko pointed out, the school also misspelled “egregious” in a (since-corrected) tweet.
“Even the best writers, reporters and editors fall prey to the occasional typo,” wrote Eric Pfeiffer of the Yahoo! news blog the Sideshow, who then proceeded to spell Romenesko “Romanesko” twice (also now-corrected). “And it’s probably bad karma to revel in someone else’s unintentional mistake.”
At Austinist, Katie Friel described the error as a “hairy situation,” the first of many similarly bush-league puns. Even state Senator Leticia van De Putte couldn’t resist getting into the act:
— Leticia Van De Putte (@leticiavdp) May 22, 2012
The good news is, it’s unlikely Jon Stewart can come up with a better wisecrack than the one that he already made the night that LBJ biographer Robert Caro did the show. His joke also suggests that if you’re going to leave an “L” out of your graduation program, it’s probably better to do so with “public” than “LBJ.”