Remember the typewriter? Can you believe its usefulness is in the past? Classes to teach typing? I think there are kids today that can type with their thumbs using ‘their shorthand’ faster than I can on this keyboard.
Remember how important the comma was between the city and state? Periods after your initials? Remember how important capital letters were?
Kids don’t have time to capitalize the first word of a sentence. Then one must ask themselves was it necessary anyway? (Of course just ask anyone over 60 and they will say ‘Danged right it is necessary, the teacher said it was so!”)
Any of us who wrestled a typewriter to correct spelling remembers very well.
A very serious thing in my mind is how fast ‘Word Processing’ changed. Even the name. No one types anymore. (Except me, this is typing, isn’t it?) It is tough face the fact that you have lived with the manual typewriter, the electric typewriter and the variations of the electric, I can even remember auto correct. Both a roll of correction tape and the typewriter ribbon. Then to the secretary’s dream, the Word processor and beyond.
Attorney’s papers and all legal papers had to be typed ERROR FREE! Some would not even approve of correction tape.
Anyway I saw some typewriters for sale today and wondered, other than collector’s items they are just old things like me!
I do know a writer, H Jack Darnell, of Coker Creek, Tennessee who still today writes his books on a manual typewriter by the light of a kerosene lamp. TRUE!
I said all that to say, I am thankful for men like Bill Gates who could put this stuff together. I do not want a penny of his Billions, I certainly do not think he should give me any. I am just enjoying the results of men like Gates using their brain power.
To steal a quote from MA’s yesterday’s Blog of Woodrow Wilson’s: I use all my brain power and all I can borrow!
Nite Shipslog .