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Thu., Aug. 14, 2014, 5:03 p.m.

Mom, Whats A Typewriter Look Like?

My son was reading a book a few years ago and paused to ask me, “Mom, what does a typewriter look like?” I went to the storage area above the garage and hauled out my extremely heavy electric typewriter. I could never let it go. “This is what a typewriter looks like!” I said as I extracted it from its case. Decades later, it still smells like graduate school to me. Bob Montgomery, 92, repairs typewriters. Really.  He works every weekday, taking the bus to his downtown Bremerton, Wash. office. The drawers and plastic boxes in his office house little tiny parts that only Bob knows how and where to install, often on IBM Selectric machines from the 1961-1986 era/Catherine Johnston, End Notes. More here. (AP file photo: Jackie Kennedy at a typewriter)

Question: When did you last use a typewriter?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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