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The Slice: Typos come in all sizes

In my former life as a newspaper reporter, I was witness to some major typos. One of my worst was when I miscalculated the impact of a school levy in an article printed on election eve with no time for a correction. As bad as that was, it paled in comparison to a couple legendary typos made by my colleagues. In today's Slice column, a reader shares:  “I worked as a typographer/layout artist/illustrator and occasionally as a proofreader for newspapers in San Diego back in the early ’70s,” wrote Chris Bishop. “When you entered the proofreading department there was a huge framed reminder of how a one-letter error can wreak havoc. It was a double-page spread for a major department store. They were having a SHIRT SALE, which was spelled out in 5” tall bold letters. Only problem was the ‘R’ was left out.” You can find the rest of today's Slice/Paul Turner here.


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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.