Costal Podes & Writing Sticks

Mistakes happen; you’ll find mistakes in every publication.  Some mistakes one gets away with and others are more pricey.  In one Electrical Code Simplified (“ECS”) table for instance, there was once a calculation error of ~4 ohms.  The error value wasn’t material, it wasn’t problem causing, but it was definitely a technical error.  Awkwardly, the four ohm error featured in about eight years of publication before anyone caught it. 


Erroneous Book Cover in 1998 Ad

Other errors were harder to miss.  In one instance, a full-page, full colour advertisement for ECS Commercial & Industrial in a leading electrical magazine contained several errors, all quite worrying.  Among them, and surely the most glaring, the title of the book was spelled incorrectly.  It seems that a draft copy of the advertisement had been submitted instead of a final copy.  A simple mistake by a contracted graphics artist was missed by the artist himself, by P.S. Knight Co. in review, by the advertising agency, the printer and the magazine publisher.  It was all quite embarrassing.

In the spirit of litigation, we should point out that CSA publications have had a much higher error rate than any ECS publication to date.  On one magical occasion, sixteen pages of errata were released within a month of the new CSA publication.  We routinely received pages of listed errors concurrent with their new releases.  In one year P.S. Knight Co. actually received several pages of errata before the CSA book had been printed.  At P.S. Knight Co. we do our best to correct errors before printing anything.

Until 2009, P.S. Knight Co. handled almost all product shipping in-house.  Peter Knight was on a first name basis with more than a few Canada Post personnel and courier drivers from the major players in delivery.  They would have fun interacting, referring to “costal podes” and joking with each other’s grip on geography, and they got to know each other fairly well.  One morning, in the Minoru Post Office, Peter found himself a bit flustered, rushed, and needing a pen he asked the clerk for a “writing stick”.  Without skipping a beat the clerk replied; “the writing sticks are just to your left, sir.”  The relationships one makes in business are what make it so enjoyable.