For anyone and everyone who has ever worked in print media, it’s the professional nightmare we all fear.
And it happened this week to Columbus Monthly magazine.
The cover of a current edition of the magazine contains a headline that, until the tragic events of this week at the Ohio State Fair, was entirely appropriate, even innocuous, for the story it announced. The story presumably is about a pie-throwing incident decades ago involving former Ohio Gov. Rhodes as he was kicking off the Ohio State Fair.
The headline reads:
“SPLAT AT THE STATE FAIR: THE GOVERNOR, A YIPPIE AND A BANANA CREAM PIE.”
The cover also includes an illustrated ambulance related to a cover story on “Top Doctors.”
The headline was in all likelihood written days or even weeks before the accident on a state fair ride claimed the life of an 18-year-old man and left several others injured, some critically.
And the headline writer and page designer had no way of knowing how the headline would appear today. It was a coincidence of the most horrific kind.
At least one retailer had pulled the issue off its shelves as of Friday, July 28.