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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.


A year or two ago, my daughter and I were in my school's media center, which houses one of the two type writers left on our campus. My daughter pointed to it and said, "What's that?"

I realized that we have made a nearly complete transition for typewriters to computers.

Up until a couple of years ago, we had an old Selectric in our office. It was part of my job to type leases on it. No one else in my office had actually used one before.

Then it broke. Now the agents handwrite them.

*Ten years ago* I pointed to an IBM Selectric and asked my daughter, then 7, what she thought that was.

"Um, some kind of printer?"