RE: RE: old school

Subject: RE: RE: old school
From: "Al Geist" <al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 19 May 2008 16:26:20 -0400

John Hedtke wrote:

"HA!! When I was contracting for Boeing, >>WE<< had to stomp out
individual characters with our bare feet on huge fields of snow up to
HERE so they could be read by passing planes on approach to
Sea-Tac. The serifs were a real bitch to get ~just~ right. We had
one case where the manual was almost done and an unseasonable warm
spell caused melting and refreezing, turning the carefully stomped
out Times-Roman characters into bad Old English. The whole project
had to be scrapped."

WOW..I thought I had it bad when we had to use our own blood to crank out
procedures on "How to make Rams=-horn bows," and "Straightening arrows using
only a fire and your teeth." I was anemic for most of my early writing
career, or at least until they discovered chalk.

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