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Bernson's Corner: Typewriter Repairman


The manual typewriter has starred in many a Hollywood movie -- from "His Girl Friday" in 1940 "All the President's Men" in 1976.

But even in our digital age of word processing and computer keyboarding -- the typewriter, unlike the dinosaur, is not extinct. What is rare is this most curious spectacle: A man actually repairing a typewriter.

And so is this man. The point is -- manual machines like these are attracting fresh converts. Danny Dohoney appreciates what a young person might mistake for an invention from a Jules Verne fantasy.

Danny Dohoney: "We actually sell more of these now than we have in the last 30 years. --Why? --I think people are going back to the old style, and getting away from, or trying to, separate their lives from the PC side, and it clears their mind," said Danny Dohoney, Advance Business Machines.

Yes, it kind of soothes your mind, if you will.

They want that old clickety-click, old feel, yes.

Now boys and girls, watch carefully. Here's how we did it back in the day. You took a piece of paper and actually put it into the machine, which is built like a battleship. Not only is it indestructible, it's simplistic. You can't check your e-mail, you can't surf the web on this. But what you can do is check every key.

The sentence you type is 'The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.' It uses every single key on the typewriter.

Isn't that bell great?

A laptop, a PC or smartphone becomes obsolete almost as soon as it hits the market. Eddie Stacey, who grew up in his family's office machine store, thinks the typewriter has another advantage over the computer:

"No viruses! Ha ha ha," joked Eddie Stacey, ACS Office Equipment.

The old Smith-Coronas, Underwoods and Remingtons seem to be making a comeback with customers.

"I think they're nostalgic. I think some of 'em like to have 'em around the house, maybe their parents or relatives had 'em. Just kind of keep 'em around, keep 'em in good shape," said Stacey.

"It's still neat to work on them. I actually like those better than the newer technology, because they are all mechanical," said Dohoney.

Sure, you have to spool the ribbon, get ink smudges on your fingers and try to find a bottle of White-Out. But as Joseph Cotten discovered in "Citizen Kane" 

Doing this makes you feel closer to your words: they'll never disappear just because you accidentally hit "delete."

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