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Essay or Assay

RECEIVED Mon., April 1, 2013

Dear Editor,
    Re: The Buddy Holly Story [Film Listings, March 29]: : No, Gary Busey didn't essay the role of Lubbock's favorite son, he assayed it. Sort of. Actually, he didn't do much of either. But your writer meant assay.
John Bartholomew
   [Editor's note: Our grammar mavens have assayed your comments and concluded that Gary Busey did, indeed, essay the role of Buddy Holly. Difficult tasks are essayed; substances are scientifically assayed.]
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