Until When Where Typewriters In Active Use Among The Mainstream?

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Until when where typewriters in active use among the mainstream population?

T WERE modernized. T evolved into personal computers. I started out with a manual portable typewriter in high school. I still have it, though I don’t believe it functions anymore and I have no idea where to get it fixed. It would probably cost more to repair than it cost new to buy. It is an Olympia portable, marked “Made in West Germany” and I got it in 1959, when I went away to attend a military school in preparation for the Naval Academy. In addition to doing my school papers, which is why it was given to me, I made a bit of money typing up papers for classmates (25 cents per page—big money in those days!) The evolution from that to my first (and later) computers was just that, an evolution. I met my first electronic word processor when I was Director of the Fines, Penalties and Forfeitures Division of the U.S. Customs Service, Los Angeles District—an IBM MagCard. Had what looked like an IBM Selectric typewriter on the desktop and a big box on the floor beside it that recorded text on a magnetic card—1–1/3 pages per card. What a wonderful device! I could take my secretary’s typed pages, edit them and annotate them and she could have the corrected pages back on my desk in a few minutes without having to retype everything! And so it went. It’s probably been nearly fifty years since the last time I tried to use my Olympia portable, and at least thirty years since I’ve laid hands on ANY typewriter!

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As you can see, typewriters and word processors were very different when this was all going on! In fact there were many, many things that were different from this point in time. A personal computer came about in 1964, while Was at the Naval Academy, which in those days was the most prestigious and most prestigious school in the U.S. I did not even go to the Academy, and was not even a cadet, just a midshipman, a year or two out of high school. It was not until a year after I was accepted into the Academy that I realized all of this, and realized that I needed to know what was new! So many new things, from color to sound and graphics to the Internet. I did not realize the significance of that computer until about a year after it was created, and even then, only for.

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