If there was ever a worthy cause this is it! And you can do your bit by supporting the Apostrophe Protection Society. Started in 2001 by John Richards, now its Chairman, the APS aims to preserve “the correct use of this currently much abused punctuation mark in all forms of text written in the English language.”
Complete with an FAQ file, a message board and a page full of the most egregious examples of apostrophe abuse, the APS website is well worth a visit. To quote Mr. Richards “The little apostrophe deserves our protection. It is indeed a threatened species!”
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.