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A FOOTNOTE re: Gareth Penn's "Creative Reading" Article Tod Wicks
In re: "Creative Reading" by Gareth Penn, last issue.

Caltrans has no monopoly on doing funny things with street signs. A whole raft of goodies awaits you when you look at city maps. I always chuckle when traveling near Stockton, CA, and see the street sign "Klo Road." Anyone who has spent time in Germany will appreciate that one. Klo is short for Klosett, which is itself short for Wasserklosett, or WC. Imagine living on Toilet Road.

There is a related story, probably apocryphal, about a street in San Jose that almost was, courtesy of the city fathers. It seems that when I-280 was being planned and built through town, it paralleled a street named Moorpark Rd. for many miles. A frontage road was planned for the opposite side of the Interstate, and a committee was studying, among other things, what to name it. Someone suggested it could simply be "Moorpark Rd" backwards. That flew until a clerk actually wrote it down: Dr Kraproom.

The committee didn't have much imagination; they finally decided to name it Parkmoor Rd. 



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Tod Wicks
A life-long "telephone man," he has installed and repaired residential and commercial telephone systems, designed circuits, programmed PBXs and fiber optic systems, as well as taught end users and customer engineers how to use and maintain their systems.  For this field of expertise, Tod has traveled throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia during his 40-year-long career.
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