RSVP by Wednesday for 2014, er, 2013, er, 2017 Ada Lincoln Day Banquet

The Ada County Lincoln Day Association’s registration form for its March 17 banquet has left at least one Republican scratching her head over a document riddled with typos. The anonymous writer sent me a copy with this exclamation: “What an embarrassment!”

Having made plenty of mistakes over the years, I report this without scolding. But the errors are so numerous I thought them worth noting. Gov. Butch Otter, First Lady Lori Otter and Idaho’s four GOP members of Congress are among the headliners.

The date of what is advertised as the 103rd annual Ada County Lincoln Day Banquet is correctly listed as March 17, but three calendar years are cited: 2013, 2014 and 2017.

The price for advance purchase is alternatively listed as $49 and $50 for the dinner at the Boise Centre, which is called the Boise Center on the invitation.

Other misspellings include “opiinion,” “sponsorhip and “opportuntiies.”

To see the disgusted recipient’s marked-up copy of the invitation click here.  (You may have to hit the download button to view on some devices).

The keynote speaker is David Keene, opinion editor of the Washington Times. Keene is a former president and current board member of the National Rifle Association and a former chairman of the American Conservative Union.

Reservations are available online.

I emailed the two contacts listed on the form, Michele Jarvis and Steve Cory, on Thursday asking who authored and proofed the invitation and how ticket sales are going. Neither has replied. My emails were not returned, so I expect their addresses were correct.

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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