Thursday, September 12, 2013
Here's a nice tribute to a typewriter repairman -- and to the typewriter itself: "Some of our younger readers may wonder what a typewriter is. Not really, of course. But there's a pretty good chance that anyone under the age of 25 has never had to use one, being lucky enough to be born in the digital age and word processing. But for us old timers, the typewriter is a touchstone to a different time, a different America. The IBM Selectric was hugely popular in offices during the 1970's and most of the 80's. If you worked in an office during that time, chances are you used one." I learned to type on a heavy old Underwood manual typewriter and later graduated at work to the wonderful IBM Selectric, the touch and sound of which I can still remember.