“What is Tech Today may become Passé…”
–And what better way to highlight this than to toss a Type-IN for the opening Arcade Party at Philly Tech Week. On Friday, 29 April, in Dilworth Park, on the West Side of City Hall, see our analog printing presses nestled among the digitalia. Starts around 5 p.m., Speed Typing Challenge sign up around 7 p.m., goes till 10 p.m.
Philly Tech Week 2016 starts not with a bang, but with a beep, with the Dilworth ARCADE Party an evening bash for the digerati.
On Friday, April 29, the west side of Philadelphia’s City Hall will be jammed with coders, gamers, electronic musicians and more.
But WAIT–what’s that sound? That clickety, clack, ding! ?
Yes, there will be a Type-IN at the Arcade, showing off the noisy mechanical roots of word processing to the youngest generation, digital natives for whom the typewriter has a completely different attraction.
Brian Kravitz (of Philly Typewriter) and Michael Ardith (of Hometown Business Machines) will be on hand with two rows full of manual typewriters, from vintage desk top machines to sleek Italian portables.
We’ll also have an IBM Selectric –arguably the peak of analog typewriting history–available to astonish those who’ve never seen a type-ball dance like a hummingbird pecking words onto paper.
We will have a Speed Competition, and other surprise activities for your type-writing pleasure. It’s free, of course–thanks to Messrs. Ardito and Kravitz, and Trophy Bikes , the semi-official stamp and paper sponsor of the Type-IN at Tech Week.
The ARCADE PARTY starts at 5 p.m.. We figure the Speed Competition (with chintzy prizes) will start at around 7:30 p.m. NOTE: spaces limited for the contest. Please sign up in advance when you arrive!
From today’s NYT: Bob Dylan typing in a room above the Cafe Espresso in Woodstock NY. PHOTO: Douglas Gilbert. Typewriters figured heavily in Dylan’s work; songs had to be typed out for copyright filings, Bob’s notes showed he often refined even “final” typed copies. What machine is BD using here, I wonder?
OK …better borrow the car and snag this one– ” …A little dirty but works. (Non Crashable word processor, right??) These were the workhorse of every office for sure. $30 OBO. Would just hate to throw this thing away…. “ Contact seller and…..
… Of Once Upon a Time … woman confronts hunky guy about the mysterious box he totes around on the back of his motorcycle. He shows her —
“I’m a… Writer…” He adds, a bit pretentiously; oh, that clears up everything — not really…of course the logo has been removed — any ideas on the make and model? (confirmed as a REMINGTON ALL-NEW, ca. 1949 — Thanks Piotr & Don! — and of course, thanks to http://www.typewriterdatabase.com ) Wonder how the ad copy kids handled that model name, though? “Introducing the New, Remington All-New… it’s all new for you…” Um… Then they could bring back the Remington CLASSIC, like Coke did in that major marketing stumble.