Tulsa's ' 15th and Rockfod' ?

Friday, September 17th 2004, 10:12 am
By: News On 6

It's why they put erasers on pencils. It's why it's handy to have a bottle of white-out in your desk. We all make mistakes.

Most of us don't have them on display for the whole town to see. As News on 6 reporter Steve Berg tells us, Frank Steward doesn't have that luxury.

Take the corner of 15th and Rockfod, Rockfod? "Makes you feel kinda bad when you misspell something like that." After making 12,000 signs per year, for 26 years, we're pretty sure you'll cut Frank Steward some slack if he was a little spellbound this one time.

After all, when's the last time you saw a misspelled street sign. “I think we misspelled one, it was about 15 years ago." Let's just say it was a lot more recent that I made my own spelling mistake on the job.

Frank, who works for the city of Tulsa, is pretty street smart. A lot has changed from the old days. The material didn't used to be reflective. And letters were stenciled on my hand. Everything's done on computer now. The letters are formed by cut-outs.

They guess they're about 150,000 to 250,000 street signs in Tulsa. And that doesn't even count all the other kinds of signs they make.

Stop signs get stolen a lot. The most frequently stolen street sign? "Virgin. Virgin's another one that gets stolen quite a bit."

Assuming there are no storms or stealing, vandals or vehicle wrecks, the signs last about 10 years. Rockfod, however, only made it a couple of weeks.