Michael D'Antonio, author of Forever Blue, responded, saying he appreciated the information and said he'd make a correction, so future editions do not suggest that Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley sought the site now planned for the Atlantic Yards arena.
By contrast, Times Senior Editor Greg Brock sent me a snippy, sarcastic letter that reminded me that the Times makes mistakes, and that anyone using the Times archives should double-check their facts.
He had earlier told me "[t]here is a limit to how many old articles we can correct in print." The amount of effort expended, however, in responding to me could easily have been applied to a correction.
While Brock described how the Times implements its policies, the Times policy doesn't seem to acknowledge exceptions: "Because its voice is loud and far-reaching, The Times recognizes an ethical responsibility to correct all its factual errors, large and small (even misspellings of names), promptly and in a prominent reserved space in the paper."