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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.

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A popular joke at PU when I was there:

"What are you writing your thesis on?"

"Eaton's Corrasable Bond."

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I personally have seen someone drop the deck of punchcards (*punch. cards.*) containing their senior thesis.

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ACK!!!!!!

I assume they got everyone helping them?

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I don't actually remember that part, but I think so.

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Shouldn't need to, if you used the last 8 columns for serial numbers. Just drop them in the sorter.

Punch-cards for the thesis? How...1956. You couldn't get a tape? Although, you were there 9 years before me, and the laser printers had just come in a year or two before I started, say, 1981 or 82.

The spool for the laser printers (attached to the mainframe) was prioritized by job size, so when April 15 approached, you had to expect your thesis to take 36 hours or so to print. Also, as some discovered, you could print a page or two at a time and, at the expense of a lot of wasted paper, rise to the top of the queue.

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Ouch!

I remember punch cards.

*Giggle*

I remember that. Awful stuff, but it made life easier.

Go down into Firebone sometime and read the old dissertations, say from the 1950s. You'll note that they often are typed on multiple typewriters, a few pages on this, a few pages on that. I think people were splitting up their typing and typing each others' theses, so as not to get too bored, and also to speed up producing the master copy (including carbons!). E.g. James Meriwether's thesis (on Faulkner - his son was in Colonial with me, so I looked it up). Did you do similar things with senior theses?