September 24, 2009

Thursday celebration of punctuation

The California man behind Thursday's National Punctuation Day said he is holding a contest for pastries shaped like punctuation marks.

Jeff Rubin, 59, of Pinole, a punctuation enthusiast and former copy editor, said he is celebrating this year's National Punctuation Day, which has been listed as a holiday in Chase's Calendar of Events since 2004, by starting a contest for punctuation-shaped desserts, the Chicago Tribune reported Thursday.

The contest ends Sept. 30.

Rubin, who now owns a newsletter business, said he spends his mornings highlighting punctuation errors in newspapers and then sends the papers back to the article writers with notes.

Once I entered journalism as a trade, my anal self took over, he said.