Thank you to The Daily Retort for letting me know about the Kodak bankruptcy.
As Tor Constantino declares in his blog, the fact that Kodak left a very noticeable typo on their bankruptcy website spoke, in a way, to a total lack of detail.
At one time I would not have cared about a typo. I remember, when I was young, that although I enjoyed writing, I detested any study of grammar or punctuation. And, spelling was my weakest subject of all (next to math). I came close to failing 10th grade English because I had a teacher who quizzed us weekly on spelling - and made those quizzes a large part of our grade.
(Yes, I'm grateful for spell check, but I know it has its limitations. I'm also grateful my spouse is a much better speller than I am. But I digress.)
Thanks to blogging, I've found that the art of communication depends a lot on the proper use of English. No one is perfect, least of all me, but I do try to improve my writing. My daily blogging is a type of self-discipline. I've participated in several blog challenges. I do it so I can constantly improve this art form I took up almost three years ago. I hope I am succeeding.
So, a company that meant so much to me in my childhood - Kodak film, Kodak brownie cameras, Kodak paper, Kodak paper...that Kodak quality...all gone. It wasn't in a flash (oooh, bad pun) and wasn't unexpected, but it still makes me sad. Another part of my long ago childhood, gone.
Speaking of that typo - I went to the website Tor quoted - went there at 9pm tonight, over 5 hours after Tor posted, and the typo Tor found IS STILL THERE. So if you hurry, maybe you'll see it, too.
I will take that lesson to heart. We must always strive for quality in our writing, and in our lives.
Thank you, Tor.