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Re: ¡u?op ?p?sdn ?? ? ?? u?? oo ? no?

From:Ph.D. <phil@...>
Date:Monday, December 8, 2008, 12:42
Back in the 1980s, I worked in an office which had
several IBM Selectric typewriters (the ones with the
ball containing all the characters). I bought a special
ball which had all the Greek letters plus math symbols
and common diacritical marks.

I worked afternoons, so after everone had left, I
was able to type my own stuff. At the end of each
line, I'd switch balls and go back and put in the
special characters I needed.

One night, I forgot and left my ball on one of the
typewriters. The secretary got quite a surprise
when she started to type a memo the next morning.

--Ph. D.

----- Original Message -----
From: Gary Shannon
Sent: Sunday, December 07, 2008 1:50 PM
Subject: Re: ¡u?op ?p?sdn ?? ? ?? u?? oo ? no?

> Back in the 1960's, while I had no use for linguistic > symbols, I did need a lot of mathematical symbols, > Greek alphabet, and the like in what I typed. I had > a portable, manual Smith Corona typewriter that > had two keys with changeable type. I had a large > box full of little snap-lid plastic boxes, each box with > a little clip-on type head that hooked onto either of > the two changeable keys. Each type head came with > a little key-chip that snapped onto the key itself, > showing the graphic representation of whatever > symbol was installed on that key. > > Using shift, I could have up to four different special > characters at a time on the keyboard. If I needed > more, I could stop typing, swap in a new special > character, type it, and keep right on going. It was > very cool.