Posted on May 2nd, 2015
This is not the original typewriter. But it’s identical.
Doug Davidoff, was a fourth-grade student at Coleytown Elementary School in Westport, Connecticut, when his parents bought him his first typewriter.
They took him to a musty second-hand office furniture store, with desks and chairs and adding machines and typewriters stacked to the ceiling.
Someone came across a Royal Quiet deLuxe portable typewriter in good condition.
It was purchased.
Doug used it for years.
When he began typing, his fingers were not long enough to reach all the keys from the touch-typoing “home position."
So Doug learned to hunt and peck.
Today, he astounds people with the speed of his hunt-and-peck typing.
On a familiar keyboard, such as with his Apple Macintosh computers, Doug “pecks" on the keys almost without a “hunt." He just memorizes the position of the keys.
No one knows what happened to that Royal. But its successor, a Smith-Corona electric typewriter, is still around in a family basement — somewhere.
Posted on February 9th, 2015
Above, Wonkette.com’s take on the Vermont controversy includes an obscure Bob Newhart reference: “Hello, I’m Larry; this is my brother Darryl, and these are my brothers, Darryl."
Vermont Proposes Official Latin Motto, Wingnuts Tell Vermont To Go Back To Mexico
Doktor Zoom, wonkette.com
Here’s a sweet little story of Democracy in Action. A bright eighth grader writes to her state legislator with an idea for a law: Vermont doesn’t have an official Latin motto, so why not adopt one? And for that matter, make it a reference to history …
In Latin: “Stella quarta decima fulgeat." In English: “May the 14th star shine bright."
In 1791, Vermont became the 14th state admitted to the union — the first after the original 13 — and thus it is the 14th star on the flag.
But unlike other states in the union, Vermont never adopted a Latin motto. A campaign by a young student from the Northeast Kingdom village of Lyndonville to convince the state legislature in Montpelier to do just that risks being sidetracked by know-nothings who fear a Latin motto will lead to more dreaded immigrants from “Latin" America.
The dimwits — that’d be the reactionary Vermonters, not the Hispanics they dread — are afraid of being overr...
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