A misspelled name is probably one of the most common errors, but in this case it led to an uncommon story of how a physical feature on La Jolla’s coast acquired its name. And it led to the recounting of a legendary rescue by a San Diego lifeguard. Memory of the event has faded over the years and what happened that day has become garbled, so I think readers actually might be grateful for the misspelling.An article ran on B1 Aug. 10 about an unstable cave on La Jolla’s coast. Its condition was requiring emergency repairs to reinforce the cave and the road above it. The story said the cave is known as Cook’s Crack.Former lifeguard and frequent U-T letter writer B. Chris Brewster emailed to say the correct spelling is Koch’s Crack.Union-Tribune reporter Lauryn Schroeder got the name Cook’s from city documents. A memo to the city on the condition of the cave from Terra Costa Consulting Group spelled it Cook’s. A city news release spelled it Cook’s. Corey Levitan, a reporter with the La Jolla Light, one of the U-T’s community papers, also saw it spelled Cook’s on a map from Terra Costa and used that spelling in… Read full this story
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