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NEWS for events/calendar/feature and obsolete technology editors:
3RD ANNUAL TYPE-IN BRINGS THE CLICK-CLACK BACK TO PHILADELPHIA
Sat. December 8th. 1-5 p.m.
Fergie’s Pub 1214 Sansom St. Philadelphia PA
FREE (with manual typewriter OR stamped envelope!)
Remember that cheery click-clickety-clack, -ding! ? That meant someone was tapping out a letter, or a term paper, or even a novel on a manual typewriter. On Saturday, Dec. 8th, the sounds of analog writing return at the 3rd Annual Type-IN. Dust off* that old Remington, Olivetti or Smith-Corona; tote it to Fergie’s Pub in center city Philadelphia for this “Jam session for manual typewriters & the people who love them,” as organizer Michael McGettigan dubs it.
Back in 2010, McGettigan invited manual typewriter fans to Bridgewater’s (a classic Philly pub) to display their classic writing machines, take part in a speed typing challenge, bang out some letters and maybe even have a beer. That first Type-IN got national media attention; since then, dozens of Type-INs have popped up around the US, and more recently in Italy and Switzerland.
As in past Type-INs, there will be a speed typewriting competition “with chintzy prizes” McGettigan notes. Bring loved-ones’ addresses for a holiday letter-typing session (free stationery and postage provided). The event will wrap up with a typewriter swap–bring an extra machine (working only, no electrics, please)or two to trade.
The event is free (with manual typewriter –or stamped envelope) and open to all ages.
pdf follows, feel free to print it out and stick it up at your local thrift store or coffee dive:
So, a friend has a miniature academy called MindSpot, where Philadelphians (or those who can get to Philadelphia) learn about: Pencils, Scriptwriting, better iPhone photography and many other skills in one-session evening classes.
Have decided to offer Introduction to Analog Living, in which I will gather a series of “obsolete” items in one room and explain how they all could more or less make your life better if they were part of it again.
Sony TC-D5 pro cassette deck
My First Sony Cassette Box
Olivetti Lettera 32
Olympia SM 9
Lamy Safari Fountain Pen
Filofax Luxe, Personal
We will run through the operation of all these companions, without the aid of wi-fi or high-speed connections, then consider where and how to reintroduce said devices into every day life, and what to expect when they bump up against the virtual world.
While most typospherians may not need this sort of re-refresher course, you may know someone who would enjoy a survey-style experience; pass it along if you like.
Here’s a link, since there’s not enough time to send me an SASE, heh!
In other news — yes, there will be a Third Annual TYPE-IN in Philadelphia, early December–date/location TBA.
Sometimes beer is a muse, sometimes it’s just a beverage. On April 27th, find out at an evening of typing fueled by craft brews from the U.S., Italy and Germany–with typewriters from those same countries. We’ll also have a great beer-tasting, hosting the the Philadelphia Daily News’ Beer Reporter, Joe Sixpack. $15 covers the tasting and some tasty snacks–bring a working manual typewriter and it’s just $10. (we’ll provide nice stationery, stamped envelopes and a copy of “The Writer’s Sidekick” — a hard-boiled thesaurus cooked up behind prison walls!)