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Oldest Typewriter Repair Man Hits Carriage Return

From the early 1930's to shortly before his passing last month at the age of 96, Mr. Manson Whitlock fixed typewriters - over 300,000 of them. He never worked on or even owned a computer, and stuck with his trade through the remarkable technological changes over his 80-year career. For you young 'uns, the typewriter was the office staple along with the telephone and the adding machine. Novels and movies scripts were written on them, and they were the go-to "word processor" for several generations. Mr. Whitlock kept them click-clacking and dinging for what many people would consider a lifetime.
Mr. Whitlock was older than most of his charges, though by no means all of them. (Among the shop’s resident machines was a 1910 Oliver, with its type bars arrayed vertically, like harp strings.) He owed his longevity, he told The New Haven Register last year, to “cheap Scotch and strong tobacco.”
Manson Hale Whitlock was born on Feb. 21, 1917, and reared on his family’s dairy farm in Bethany, Conn. In 1899, his father, Clifford Edward Everett Hale Whitlock, opened a bookstore in New Haven.
NYTimes

William Faulkner used one!

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