How to Write Politically Correct


I received this an an Email recently and thought the lesson in writing too good to pass up.  Besides, it’s funny.

Judy Wallman, a professional genealogy researcher in  southern California , was doing some personal  work on her own family tree. She discovered Congressman Harry Reid’s great-great uncle, Remus Reid, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in1889. Both Judy and Harry Reid share this common ancestor.

The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on
the gallows in  Montana  territory:

On the back of the picture Judy obtained during her research is this inscription: ‘Remus Reid, horse thief, sent to Montana Territorial Prison 1885, escaped 1887, robbed the Montana Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted and hanged in 1889.’

So Judy recently e-mailed Congressman Harry Reid for information about their great-great uncle.

Harry  Reid:

Believe it or not,  Harry Reid’s staff sent back the following  biographical sketch for her genealogy

“Remus Reid was a  famous cowboy in the Montana Territory . His business empire grew to include acquisition of  valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings  with the Montana railroad.

Beginning in 1883, he  devoted several years of his life to government  service, finally taking leave to resume his  dealings with the railroad. In 1887, he was a  key player in a vital investigation run by the  renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency. In 1889, Remus passed away  during an important civic function held in his  honor when the platform upon which he was  standing collapsed.”

NOW, THAT’s how it’s done, folks!


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