The Press: Short Takes

>Wire watchers in newsrooms from coast to coast got a jolt one night last week when Associated Press printers broke into a bulletin on Apollo 16's blast-off from the moon with: "Listen, my children, and you shall hear/ Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere . . ."The Longfellow classic then lapsed into some blue doggerel dealing with Revere's sexual prowess. It turned out that an A.P. technician in New York, using the hoary rhyme to test what he thought was an in-house circuit, had inadvertently cut into the agency's "A" wire, the conduit...

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