Duane Gundrum

Duane Gundrum
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Grand Rapids, Michigan,
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February 12
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Writer, professor (did his Phd work in political science and holds another graduate degree in communication), former computer game designer, previously a counterintelligence agent, and currently an all around strange person. Author of 13 novels of all different types. Lives a life that is sadly in the shadow of a room full of stuffed animals who have a lot more Facebook friends than he does. Writes a lot of humor, even if his mommy is the only one who says he's funny. Also the creator of the comic strip, The Adventures of Stickman and the Unemployed Legospaceman. *********************************** My first book, Innocent Until Proven Guilty, is now on Amazon in the Kindle store. See the link as part of my links below. *********************************** If you're interested in my science fiction novel, Thompson's Bounty, the link for it is at the bottom of my profile, under Professional Writing. The link is for the Kindle version, but the paperback version is also available on Amazon. ************************************ My blog can now be subscribed to on Amazon. See my links below. ************************************ If you want to friend me on facebook, feel free to send me an invite to www.facebook.com/duane.gundrum ********************************* For twitter, follow me at DuaneGundrum.

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APRIL 27, 2011 8:48AM

The Last Typewriter Factory in the World Has Closed Shop

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According to an article in the Atlantic, the last typewriter factory has shuttered, as it was becoming too expensive to maintain, and not enough of a market to make it worthwhile. Sadly enough, I remember that the very first novel I wrote, Innocent Until Proven Guilty, was written on one of the first personal computers, but because I was so convinced that a writer needed to write a novel on a typewriter, my second novel LOSER was written on an IBM Selectric typewriter. Then my third novel, The Armageddon Project (which later became To Touch the Unicorn, and will soon become 72 Hours in August) was written on a manual typewriter I wrote, convinced that this was the way that a novel needed to be written. Since then, I’ve moved back to computer, and all of my writing tends to be on paper first (handwritten), and then typed on computer. I’m probably one of the last to write this way.

But one can’t feel a sense of loss in that we don’t use typewriters any longer. When I was a counterintelligence agent, we had IBM typewriters throughout the office, and it was the “in” thing to have those. I had an assistant who typed up my reports for me, and there were times when I’d type them myself, feeling that I wasn’t really doing the full job unless I typed up my own reports. But even then, we got a hold of a Wang word processor (Microsoft Word was still someone’s garage fantasy at this time), and literally the universe changed overnight. I even created my first database on the Wang computer. I knew then that the world would never be the same.

So, if I drank, I’d open up a beer for the loss of the last typewriter factory. But I don’t drink, so I’ll just wave my hand and give them a few moments of silence.

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I remember at age 15 typing invoices for my father at his business. When the IBM came out.. well even the LED calculator, I thought this was it.
Well it wasnt..:)
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It's amazing how fast the technology came, went, changed and then was replaced.
I had one from the 20's that I typed all my college papers on. The R and the T stuck together. I wish I still had it!!
Congrats on getting so much published!
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I heard on NBC last night that there's still a company who is making typewriters, so they are not yet extinct. They do symbolize an era, however.
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I remember getting my first typewriter at seven and writing up my own version of the news every night. Its just not the same on a keyboard..memories. Thanks for the post. Rated with a smile!
Well written. Enjoyed it. Yes, I had a manual until graduate school, then, I used the electric typewriters where I worked as a grad asst. The computer had a building and we fed it cards, and yes, I dropped 3,000 once. And we coded. The first year I was a grad asst, that is mostly what I did: code data. I wasn't very good at that either. Too easily distracted. R
It was bound to happen. I could never go back to it but I have fond memories of the IBM Selectric because I typed on one at a job I loved. I always liked changing out those little balls that it used for fonts and symbols.
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Did you bother to check the facts? As it happens, there are at least two typewriter companies - Swintec and Brother - that are still manufacturing electric typewriters. The Atlantic Magazine story neglected to make the point that it was the last MANUAL typewriter manufacturer that was closing its doors and I'm not even sure that true.

So Atlantic wrote a story based on a press release, you picked up on it and now there are thousands of people walking around with this particular piece of misinformation filed away in their heads.
After reading some of the comments it appears that the Atlantic article might not be true but for all practical purposes the typewriter is dead. When I was the editor of my college newspaper I had use of the iconic IBM Selectric, which was an absolutely amazing machine. But would I go back to it? No. Because my Toshiba laptop and HP Printer are slightly more amazing machines. Rated!
Er um what's a typewriter??

Do they crash like computers??
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How sad...I am a collector of old typewriters, like the Coronas, Royals and Underwoods. thanks for this.
I salute the lost typewriter...it's a shame. I remember learning to type on an acutal typewriter...wow...I'm old lol. My daughter saw a typewrite at the flea market a few years ago and said "what's that Mommy?" I wonder what they will remember and miss when they're in their forties? I remember when I had to put everything down at work in a ledger and now we have excel....ahhhh how life advances and we lose ourselves in it all. Thank you for the trip down memory lane.