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.