I came across this fascinating article in WIRED magazine that made me feel like a dinosaur. Sure, I am a “hip” blogger, using the latest technical application to produce my every-other-daily musings here at the Allen School Online Blog. But I am old enough to remember life as it was before the personal computer and the grueling nature of writing without the incredible convenience of the word processor.
Before we could “process” words, we used to have to physically imprint them onto wood-pulp based sheets of something called “paper”. To accomplish this task, we used a mechanized, manual, non-laser driven machine known as a typewriter. There have been two generations now born into a world without knowledge of this ancient writing machine. I suppose they would view the typewriter through the same purely historical lens as I might view the telegraph machine or the steam engine. Yet there are still some people for whom the clacking, white out fumes and ink stains of the typewriter era holds a special place in their hearts. This article in WIRED shines a light on the few remaining typewriter repairmen – the last of a nearly dead breed. Have a read of this fascinating article and then count your lucky stars that you don’t have to run out and buy some more white out have the all the modern technology at your disposal when it’s time to write your essays.