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Jean Replinger is alive and well. Believe me.

November 13, 2012 - Per Peterson
Let me assure you: Jean Replinger is not dead. Repeat, she is not dead. She is alive and well. Just got off the phone with her in fact. Jean was kind enough to sit down with reporter Karin Elton last week for a feature story that ran in Saturday’s Independent. She is — not was, is — a pretty cool woman, responsible for getting girls into the Outward Bound program decades ago. She should be celebrated. Not mourned. Our story was picked up by the Associated Press, then by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The Strib ran it in its local section in Tuesday’s paper, which was put online. One problem: The headline for the online version started with “Obituary:” This was a mistake, of course, and while I would agree that this was quite an egregious error, I’m not about to go on a rant about how sloppy the Strib was in this case. Mistakes do happen. I know many of you like to rip on newspapers when they screw up, and that’s your right, but thankfully Jean had a good sense of humor about it. Not everyone would take news of their death as well as she has. The Strib fixed the mistake immediately after it got my message, but here’s what really bothers me: If you Google Jean’s name, that headline with “obituary” pops up. Talk about spilled milk. This is just one more reason I’m not a fan of things like the Internet, Facebook and texting — a lot of it is permanently stored; it leaves stains that don’t come out. The moral here is a simple one: Don’t believe everything you Google. There’s an insurance commercial on TV where a woman is quoted as saying: “They can’t put it on the Internet if it’s not true.” That an obvious tongue-in-cheek remark and speaks to how we'll pretty much believe anything we see on the Internet. In conclusion, Jean is doing just fine, no matter what you might see online.


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