- The Washington Times - Monday, January 7, 2002

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) Thirty days hath November, except on the 2002 calendars many members of Congress gave their constituents.
The calendar's designer added a 31st day, an error that slipped by four proofreaders at the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, which produced the wall calendars.
"We like to refer to it as the collector's edition," said Sallie Taylor, a spokeswoman for Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, Maryland Republican, who bought 2,000 calendars at $1.25 each.
The Washington-based society, a congressionally chartered nonprofit agency, has produced the calendars for U.S. representatives and senators since 1968. It distributed most of the 650,000 copies of the 2002 edition before learning of the error in October, said Donald R. Kennon, the society's chief historian.
The society quickly ordered new pages for November and December. In the flawed version, December starts on Monday instead of Sunday. Customers were offered a choice: take the paste-in corrections and a 20 percent discount, or get the 2003 edition, which will include the last two months of 2002, for 25 percent off.
"It's been a nightmarish situation here, ," Mr. Kennon said.
Mr. Kennon said the outside designer who made the mistake offered to do next year's calendar free of charge. He said the society's proofreaders were so intent on making sure the text and photographs were correct that they didn't notice the extra day.


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