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Mama Deb
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I'll be over here in the rocking chair, rocking

Someone on my friendslist, one of the many college students, just said, and I paraphrase, that she sent in her paper with errors, but fortunately she has time to correct them and send it in again.

And all of you who are currently or recently college students or, possibly, professors, are nodding.

But it's making me feel, oh, so old. Because when I was first in college, in the eighties, you *typed* your papers. Sometimes, if you were ambitious and/or organized, you *retyped* them. If you made mistakes even after that, you took out a pen or a pencil and corrected them - that's why they were doublespaced. And once you handed in your papers - and that meant physically handing them to the professor *or* placing them in their physical mailbox - that was *it*.

Later on, in the later eighties, when I had access to a computer, I did word process them (using, I believe, a shareware clone of Wordstar) and print them out, although my profs weren't happy because I was using dot matrix and dot matrix was hard to read, even in the highest quality print, and you had all these perforations around the edges. So some teachers still prefered typed papers. And they *all* had to be handed in.

And...I'm intensely jealous. Just leave it at that.


I learned to type on manual typewriters.

Same here. And I was well impressed by the first computer I ever used - 1982, an Apple using WordStar 1.1. And, yes, we had to physically print our papers and take them to the profs. They wouldn't have known what to do with a disk.

I think these kids are maybe emailing theirs.

As did I.

This stuff? Piece of *cake*.

Well, I learned on electric typewriters, in this class where the only way to get an A was to a) type 80 WPM or b) brown nose like none other. I"m talking cookies and car washes.

My mom has this old manual that's a thing of beauty.

That's some spoiled teacher.

I got electric typewriters when I moved from Brooklyn to a wealthyish suburb in New Jersey. (And, honestly, we couldn't afford to live there and left four years later.)

Me also. Though only for the first half of the year-long typewriting class, because us poor end-of-the-alphabet people were guaranteed an electric second semester.

It may depend where you live, as well as when.

They don't bother now, do they?

I think there are 'keyboarding' classes in some high schools, at least.

I had keyboarding in elementary and middle schools. (1986-1994).