Typewriter talent

16/03/2011

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

19/01/2011

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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