NYT Corrects Itself (102 Years, 11 Months On)

The New York Times published a correction today to an article from April 30, 1906. Apparently, an 84-year-old watch repairman, whom the Times back in the day credited with having “a remarkable memory,” misremembered (big time) what he had secretly inscribed inside Abraham Lincoln’s watch. A descendant of that repairman recently found the 1906 Times article, approached the Smithsonian (which had acquired the watch), and, yesterday, the museum opened the watch to reveal the actual inscription (prompting today’s rectification).

Liz Cox Barrett is a freelance writer and graphic designer in Kalispell, Montana. She worked as a newspaper journalist in Denver and Kalispell for 20 years.