John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

Interesting, but wrong

Another interesting thing I saw at the National Portrait Gallery was a photographic portrait of Humphrey Bogart on his yacht. Actually, it wasn't so much the portrait that was interesting, but the short biographical sketch of Bogart found alongside it. It made mention of the Academy Awards he won, for The African Queen and The Caine Mutiny. See? Interesting.

Also, wrong. Bogart won only one Oscar, for playing Charlie Alnutt in The African Queen. He was nominated for his role as Captain Queeg The Caine Mutiny, but lost to Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront.

Speaking of things that are interesting and wrong, I also saw a portrait of Rufus King, a former U.S. Senator from New York. That reminded me of an amusing correction that ran in the Washington Post many years ago. I don't have the exact text of the correction on hand, but it went something like this: "A story yesterday in the Washington Post mischaracterized the race of the Honorable Rufus G. King III, a judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. King is white."

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