Okay. Everyone should come clean in correcting errors, even Metro Scene. We made one yesterday. But first, let's digress.

When I was a young California editor in the late 1940s, my paper referred to a former local jurist with the improbable name of Judge Edgar T. Zook. It called him "the late . . . " He sent a letter enclosing $1 with a request for copies of his obituary. My boss, tongue in cheek, offered to enter his name in the births column. The judge declined and the money went to charity.

Well, Metro Scene reports a rebirth of sorts to Senior U.S. District Judge Edward M. Curran, who awoke yesterday to find himself described by this column as "the now deceased" Judge Curran. Blame my own flawed memory.

An early call that reached the newsroom yesterday was from Judge Curran, who announced he "is not dead . . . but alive and kicking."

Curran, a native of Bangor, Maine, came to Washington in 1928, became an assistant D.C. corporation counsel in 1933, was appointed to the old D.C. Police Court in 1936 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, subsequently became U.S. attorney here and in 1946 was elevated to the U.S. District Court by President Harry S Truman.

Curran is 81, maintains chambers at the U.S. Courthouse and still hears cases.

Your Honor, if we may please the court, we look forward to writing next year of your 50th anniversary on the bench -- and buying you a lunch of Maine lobster or salmon. Unless you'd prefer clams.