RE: RE: old school

Subject: RE: RE: old school
From: "Hemstreet, Deborah" <DHemstreet -at- kaydon -dot- com>
To: "John Hedtke" <john -at- hedtke -dot- com>, <quills -at- airmail -dot- net>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 20 May 2008 08:38:57 -0400

OK, guys, these are just too funny for words...

Now, to link into the copyright stuff... Could I compile these funny
things as a list and share with some Tech Writer friends? I can't
promise they won't end up somewhere else... But they are just too good
not to share....

Deborah

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Sent: Monday, May 19, 2008 4:18 PM
To: quills -at- airmail -dot- net; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com; Hemstreet, Deborah
Subject: Re: RE: old school

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.

We did, however, come up with a way to use glaciers to create up to
100 hectographic copies at a go, so duplication for production was
much easier than we'd thought.

John

At 12:56 PM 5/19/2008, quills -at- airmail -dot- net wrote:

>WE had to write 500 page manuals in the sand and keep the sea from
>erasing them.
>
>I only wish we had a permanent copy.
>
>;)
>
>Scott
>
>On Mon 08/05/19 10:39 , "Hemstreet, Deborah" sent:
> > What about...
> >
> > I chiseled 50 pages on stone in a huge cave and we had to carry them
to
> > the distributor on our tame brontosaurus?
> >
> >
> >
> > D
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
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> > Sent: Monday, May 19, 2008 11:46 AM
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> > echwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- comSubject: Re: old school
> >
> > OK, on this type thing, I think I can claim to be the
> > dinosauriest. I was a commercial art major. I learned
> > how to cast off and justify type by hand. I had a
> > slide rule and things like Jeppesen flight plotters,
> > that were designed to give you a quick solution on how
> > much space to allow between a lower case Caslon m and
> > an upper case Bodoni bold W.
> >
> > Yes, X-Acto knives, rubber cement, rule tapes...heck,
> > I had projects where we had to use rub-on dry transfer
> > lettering to create the heads and subheads because
> > none of the machines would print large enough.
> >
> > I took a couple of classes in drafting. We had to
> > learn how to use different hardnesses of pencil leads
> > for different line widths. For inking drawings, we
> > used ruling pens that had to be charged with liquid
> > ink by using a sable brush. When I bought a set of
> > Rotring drafting pens and saw the incredibly clean
> > lines they produced, I was in hog heaven.
> >
> >
> > --- Beth Agnew beth
> > -dot- agnew -at- senecac -dot- on -dot- ca> wrote:
> > > As a student I worked on
> > the> college paper doing
> > > exactly that - typesetting with the Justowriter
> > and> then pasting up the
> > > camera ready copy by waxing the back of each
> > story> and placing it on the
> > > layout sheets. For copyfitting we used an
> > EXacto> Knife to cut the copy.
> > > We had rolls of rules (lines) in various sizes
> > and> laying them straight
> > > was always a bit of a challenge. Cutting and
> > pasting> -- pshah, the young
> > > whippersnappers today don't know how good they
> > have> it!
> > >
> > > Later as a communicator in the military I used
> > a> typing reperforator to
> > > create paper tape in Murray code. In those
> > early> days as a writer I also
> > > worked on low-budget newsletters where we
> > did> typewriter justification
> > > -- manually adding spaces between words and
> > > sentences to justify the
> > > text. That meant typing it at least twice, or
> > more> if you counted wrong.
> > > I also used to buy rolls of 3-ply teletype paper
> > to> run through my
> > > typewriter (a Remington manual, if you please).
> > 1> original and 2 copies
> > > from one pass through the machine, and since it
> > was> a roll I never had
> > > to stop to insert a new sheet of paper. The
> > paper> was colored green,
> > > yellow and pink, but it was perfect for
> > drafts.> Again with the cutting
> > > and pasting to get the final story, at which point
> > I> typed up a pristine
> > > version on white paper for submission.
> > >
> > > Which I then had to deliver by hand, walking
> > uphill> in a snowstorm.
> > > --Beth
> > >
> > > Jessica Weissman wrote:
> > > > Did anybody use a Friden Justowriter, which
> > let> you type copy on one
> > > > machine which created a paper tape with
> > punched> holes. You then fed
> > > > that tape through a reader attached to
> > another> machine, which in turn
> > > > produced justified camera-ready copy.
> > > >
> > > > Setting copy on one of these was my first job
> > out> of high school.
> > > >
> > > > - Jessica
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