I was surprised by a similar headline in many newspapers. They announced that Encyclopedia Britannica was printing the last paper edition.
I thought that this had happened years ago (thus the title: you can’t recall something that did not happen). I recall their surprise move to put the entire content on-line and probably assumed that this dealt a death blow to the huge set of books. I must admit to having heard nothing about old E.B., since that last news item and not giving it any thought. Why should I? Wikipedia is easier to use, cost nothing, and does not require a trip to a library.
As pointed out in the below article from the Guardian, it is difficult to imagine a company getting it so wrong…
And this cute bit from a 1930 New Yorker…
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.