Typewriter talent


Happy birthday Jerry Lewis, 85 today.

That’s very funny to someone like me who learned to type on a portable typewriter and battled with an ancient monstrosity when I first started work. It was a well known brand, familiar in newspaper offices but I’ve forgotten what it was.

People younger than mid 20s may not understand what he’s doing.

Nine to Five


Happy birthday Dolly Parton, 64 today.

Of historical interest – the bell which puncutates this song represents the one on typewriters which rang as you approached the end of the line signalling a need to return the carriage so you could begin another line.

What’s a typewriter?  A communication device that people used before computers were invented.

It had a ribbon with ink and if you made a mistake you had to cross it out; paint over it with correction fluid, called twink, and type over it; or put in a new piece of paper and type whatever you were working on again from the start.

Those weren’t the good old days.

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