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Bud's Beat

By: Bud Pisarek, Loomis News Correspondent
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The nightmare of editors and writers is the typo. That’s the misspelled word or the transposition of two words to change the original statement into a wrong or misleading message. Those mistakes in printing, typing or writing have haunted those of us in the publishing trade. I have experienced plenty of that in the 50 years of producing or editing weekly newspapers. The very first edition of a paper I published in Oregon contained a colossal blooper. The wedding review of a very prominent person in town read something like this: “The altar was decorated with baskets of salmon.” Brookings is a coastal town known for its salmon fishing. It is also famous for growing azaleas. The article was supposed to read: “The altar was decorated with salmon-colored azaleas.” Oops! I came about an article in the Downieville Mountain Messenger that reminded me of typos and the like. Where is a proof reader when you need one? Read on: Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers Panda Mating Fails: Veterinarian Takes Over War Dims Hope for Peace If Strike Isn’t Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges Man Struck By Lightning Faces Battery Charges New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery: Hundreds Dead So, there you have it. I’d better run this through Spell Check.