Typo on Indiana U. Sculpture of Famed Correspondent

October 16, 2014

A bronze statue of journalist Ernie Pyle recently unveiled at Indiana University contains a spelling error on the Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent's bomber jacket, the Bloomington Herald-Times reported. The word "correspondent," featured on a patch on Pyle's shoulder, is missing an "r." The statue will still be dedicated on Friday during the inauguration of the university's new Media School but the error will be fixed later, an IU spokesman said.

The Media School is a merger between the IU School of Journalism and two other departments. Until the merger, the School of Journalism was housed in a building named after the former IU student, and the statue was created as a new way to honor him. It's not the first time that an attempt at memorializing Pyle has needed an extra round of copy editing. In 2011, Hasbro released a G.I. Joe figure of Pyle, and the biography included on the figure's packaging mistakenly stated that he attended Indiana State University.

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