The Indiana Jones of Typos

Since I’m on the subject of mistakes, it’s an opportune time to tell you about Jeff Deck. Deck is a Dartmouth grad who has made it his mission to eliminate typos from sea to shining sea. I read about him in the March issue of Reader’s Digest.

Deck is the founder of the Typo Eradication Advancement League (TEAL). He wears a fedora and has been called the Indiana Jones of typos. He spent most of 2008 traveling the country in his 1997 Nissan on the “Typo Hunt Across America.”

How far will Deck go?

He was once fined more than $3,000 for altering a historically significant sign at the Grand Canyon. He added a comma and changed womens’ to women’s.

Deck always carries his typo-correction kit, even to weddings. You never know when you’ll have to right wrong writing.

Why on Earth would a man devote himself to such an endeavor? For Deck, the idea began to crystallize at a Dartmouth reunion in 2007.

“There were classmates curing cancer, and I was doing nothing,” he said in Reader’s Digest. “I started thinking about how I could change the world in my humble way.”

One comma (or apostrophe) at a time.


3 thoughts on “The Indiana Jones of Typos”

  1. DO NOT come to Oklahoma. Signs everywhere are riddled with errors. It drives me insane!!! On my regular drive to work I have to look at the Fantasy Tatoo’s sign. I just can’t help looking at it. Another one that stands out is the Tanning and Tonning place. Maybe you should come to Oklahoma, but be prepared to stay for a really long time.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: