Not Thanks, but Probation for Fixing Typos on a Sign

PHOENIX (AP) — When it comes to marking up historic signs, good grammar is a bad defense.

Two self-styled vigilantes against typos who defaced a 60-year-old hand-painted sign at Grand Canyon National Park were sentenced to one year of probation and banned from national parks for a year.

The men, Jeff Deck, of Somerville, Mass., and Benjamin Herson, of Virginia Beach, both 28, pleaded guilty on Aug. 11 to damage done in March at the park’s Desert View Watchtower. The sign was made by Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, the architect who designed the rustic 1930s watchtower and other Grand Canyon-area landmarks.

Mr. Deck and Mr. Herson toured the United States this spring, wiping out errors on government and private signs. They were interviewed by National Public Radio and The Chicago Tribune, which called them “a pair of Kerouacs armed with Sharpies and erasers and righteous indignation.”

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