Apparently I have besmirched the honor and good name of the Alabama Department of Transportation, and for that I must atone.
Alert Readers will recall last week when I reported on a complaint by Irritated Reader Stephanie, who was tired of seeing the two signs on the Phenix City bypass that have the name of Garrett-Harrison Stadium misspelled. They both have Garrett spelled Garret, which gives them points for consistency, but not for spelling.
So I wrote a column suggesting that ALDOT try spelling Coach Garrett's name correctly. The problem with that is that, while ALDOT might have installed the sign, because it is responsible for maintaining state roads such as the bypass, it wasn't responsible for the typo.
"We didn't make the sign," said Tony Harrison, an ALDOT spokesman in Montgomery. "The city made the sign."
Never miss a local story.
Harrison said it is not unusual for municipalities to order signs or make them and for ALDOT to install them. And one can hardly blame state workers for not proofreading a city sign.
So that required a call to Phenix City Manager Wallace Hunter, who at first said he would have to check to see whether what ALDOT was saying was true. A few minutes later, he called back. As it turns out, the city did order the signs but didn't notice the misspelling of Garrett's name until just now.
"It was an oversight on our part," Hunter said. "So an apology is in order. I will apologize to anyone I need to apologize to."
Hunter said someone in the engineering department or in his department should have caught the error before the sign went up, but didn't.
"I hate it," Hunter said. "But it's just one of those things."
Hunter assured me that the error would be rectified soon.
Now, Alert Readers will remember that I reported a long while back that the city of Columbus unveiled a historic marker at the old slave cemetery on Sixth Avenue using the word interned instead of interred. I will repeat on this occasion what I said then, which is that we in the print media should not cast aspersions on those who commit typos. It's altogether possible that we may have in fact misspelled a word or two in this paper's 187-year history, so we should not get too high and mighty in pointing out others' errors.
Heck, if you believe some of the commenters on my column, I don't even know how to spell Enquirer.
I'm happy to finally be able to report that the ugly abandoned boat on Langdon Street is gone.
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