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Just How Old Is Jerry Brown?

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, July 15 2010

I'd thought I'd spotted a bout of miscapitalization in this Wall Street Journal blog post about Meg Whitman's advantages over Jerry Brown, California governor from 1975 to 1983, in the current California governor's race:

"A lot has changed since Brown was last governor – like the invention of movable type, the Internet, cell phones and the end of the Cold War," Nick Ayers, executive director of the Republican Governor's Association told Politico, outlining the GOP attack line.

Surely Mr. Ayers meant Movable Type, the blogging platform invented in 2001, and not movable type printing, popularized in Europe, at least, more than half a century ago? (The original Politico piece has it "the invention of movable-type printing.") Especially since the three other events mentioned happened in the last few decades? Nope, said RGA Political Communications Director Tim Murtagh in an email. Ayers meant, said Murtagh, the latter -- as in the far, far earlier invention. Now you know.