This just in - there are only 500 new manual typewriters left in the world. The last company to make these icons stopped production in 2009 (where have I been?) and are almost out.
This is a huge deal for me. I need one, stat.
Many of you know that I'm a writer. For real. My degree is in journalism, but after several years as a reporter, I switched to writing marketing and communications copy (as well as speeches, etc.). So, I get paid to write. That makes me a writer.
I think I chose this profession because of the manual typewriter my parents had tucked under the desk in our living room when I was growing up. Every chance I got, I'd pull that really, really, really heavy case out and clack away. That sound is why I do what I do. I love that sound.
It never crossed my mind that manual typewriters would someday go the way of dinosaurs, but it looks like the end is near. So, I ask you, my dear friends, to keep an eye out for a manual typewriter for me. Preferably one that comes in a case (because that's the kind I had growing up). If you see one at a garage sale, text me, call me, or buy it for me. I'd be much obliged.