Two of the grown-ups I particularly remember. One was Diane Rehm – can you believe? I actually found myself shut up in a little sound booth with the PBS talk show host. She was impressive, and what’s more she’d actually read my book. (Some other radio and tv hosts would greet me with a lazy “What would you like me to ask you?”)
The other grown-up was Roger Ebert; it must have been in
For some reason we started talking about the movie “Sounder”. That was such a marvelous evocation of the life of
The scene was one the cinematographer must have been proud of – an early-morning meadow, mist rising, grazing cows, big white birds walking among the herd – wait a minute! Those birds were cattle egrets, which couldn't have been there in the 1930s. They were never seen on the North American continent until they established themselves in
Birders run into errors like that all the time, and Ebert had heard it before. We compared notes on the scene in which Mary Poppins sings to the robin on the windowsill – and it’s an American Robin, never seen in
Back home when I told my sister about it, she had her own movie error to contribute.
“Everyone,” she said loftily, “knows that Shoeless Joe Jackson batted left-handed.”