I started out as a Creative Writing major in College. And even though we were only writing short stories, they had to follow standard publishing rules for type size, margins, line-spacing, etc. I think I had an Olympus manual typewriter that was given to me as a high school graduation present. Compared with my handwriting, it made things look pretty nice.
I think I had an Olympus manual typewriter in college. Compared with my handwriting, it made things look pretty nice. But if you had to make a change, or if you had a typo, you were in big trouble.
But if you had to make a change, or if you had a typo, you were in big trouble. Even though, I typed at 90 words a minute, it took a long time to get a new draft posted. The IBM selectric make it slightly easier with the correction tape easily available. But that mostly good for correcting the errors of the typist, or secretary, or admin. It wasn’t meant for content changes.
Finally, the computer came along. And with all its power and variety of capabilities, it’s most valuable feature was copy and paste.
We kept an IBM Selectric in the basement for many years. And it still worked well for government forms (like FAFSA) that required typing within a form. But finally, we kissed it goodbye. I think we donated it to GoodWill, thinking that someone might still have a need but it didn’t feel as though we were giving them something valuable. Just something that was better than handwriting.
I don’t miss it at all.