|Quoting drgmobile (Reply 8):|
It is awfully riddled with spelling and grammatical errors for somebody supposedly in media relations. It also is hard to imagine somebody who actually worked at Pan Am repeatedly writing "Pan American World Airways" after the first reference.
I'm not arguing in favor of its authenticity; I'm not arguing one way or the other. But you'd be surprised at how people in MR
write. If a company is lucky, they have one person overseeing the department who corrects all the spelling and grammatical errors. If they're not, you get those absurd press releases occasionally featured on web sites, posted solely for people to laugh at. I personally work for a company right now that doesn't put out anything all that egregious, but they consistently misuse commas as a sort of "wrapper" for people's names, e.g. "Australian director, Garth Davis, joined Jane Campion to direct..." and that drives me absolutely batty. It's actually embarrassing, but I don't work in that department so there's nothing I can do about it.
Also, while I noticed the oddness of using "Pan American World Airways" so often too, in my opinion a PR
person would be the type of person who *would* do that. These departments always have a set of rules for how to refer to certain things when addressing the media (mostly proper company names or titles), and the people who work in these departments have that drilled into their heads until they probably just do it instinctively. No doubt if this person were writing a media release, the same person correcting the grammar and spelling would also either remove some of the company name instances or shorten them (if that was allowed at Pan Am; I've never read one of their releases so maybe they did use the full name all the time). The interesting thing is he didn't just copy and paste the name a bunch of times - a couple of instances have typos in them! He actually typed it out each time.
Again, not saying this is a truthful account, but I wouldn't discount it on either of these criteria.
There does seem to be info in here that's of a personal nature and that shouldn't be hard to verify if someone really wanted to, specifically the names and relationships this guy had with other people in the MR
department. I'm always careful about calling somebody a liar when there's verifiable information right there, if only somebody wants to take the time and effort to verify it.
Also, to the people claiming it's fake because it matches info on the Wikipedia page, how do you know he didn't write some of that?
[Edited 2012-12-19 15:34:46]
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