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March 21, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
We cherish things and accumulate them. We move them from shelf to shelf, and from home to home. The federal government estimates that a quarter of Americans with two-car garages don't use them for automobiles. Even those without a permanent home carry their stuff around with them. We like to shop, own, trade or give away. Things matter to us, for reasons practical and emotional. "Our possessions all have magical qualities. Many, if not most, of the things we keep have an essence that goes beyond the physical character of the object," says Randy Frost, a professor at Smith College, in Northampton, Mass., who has studied and written about hoarding and is the author of "Stuff.
May 17, 1990 | Reuters
International Business Machines Corp. is consolidating its typewriter business by transferring sales and marketing operations to Lexington, Ky., where the typewriters are manufactured. No layoffs are involved. The company makes three typewriters, IBM Personal Typing Systems, IBM Wheelwriters and IBM Personal Wheelwriters. It previously announced a restructuring of its entire operations that will involve a staff reduction of about 10,000 employees by year end.
December 8, 1988 | RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writer
Question: I recently bought my first collectible typewriters at flea markets and am hooked. What hints can you give the fledgling collector?--C.V. Answer: For the new typewriter collector, there is a free folder put out by Darryl C. Rehr, 11433 Rochester Ave., No. 303, Los Angeles, Calif. 90025, telephone (213) 477-5229. It is called "A Beginner's Guide to Collectible Typewriters." Rehr also is a contact for the Early Typewriters Collectors Assn.
July 12, 1995 | PATT MORRISON
Elmer Anderson set himself up in the typewriter business in Pasadena the same year the Titanic sank--1912. The only link here is one of irony. Just as the Titanic went to the bottom, taking with it faith in one kind of technology, Elmer Anderson, who came west with nothing but his tool kit, was embarking on a career of faith in another: the business of the business machine. Fast forward to 1995, to another irony. Time turns back on itself like a Mobius strip.
January 22, 1989 | DICK RORABACK
It is the stuff of fairy tales: A father wins a prestigious award for a book he has written. Two years later, his son wins the identical prize for a book he has written. And they all live happily ever after. The citation is the Newbery Award, given to the author of the year's best children's book. The father is Sid Fleischman, 68, Santa Monica writer who won the '87 Newbery for "The Whipping Boy."
June 3, 1986 | JAMES BATES, Times Staff Writer
Testing a product on the kind of people who eventually will use it is hardly a new idea. But at Protype, a Sun Valley company that makes an office machine that is a cross between an electronic typewriter and a word processor, testing is done with a twist. The company tries out its equipment on what Stephen Kurtin, Protype president, diplomatically calls the "most ordinary" secretaries. To find them, Kurtin every so often asks a temporary help agency to send over a group of bad secretaries.
The computer has almost replaced the typewriter. Many young children would not recognize an old typewriter with an exposed typebar. Today's new typewriters usually print the letters from a ball. The typewriter was an amazing invention that gained attention in the 1870s. It was one of the most talked-about inventions at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. The "writing machine" made it possible to easily copy papers and books.
April 5, 1986
The winds of war seem to be blowing again. These are the winds that fan the flames of pseudo-patriotism and raise McCarthyite rhetoric to a fever pitch. This is the rhetoric that attempts to intimidate patriotic Americans who are critically concerned about the course that the present leaders of our country are taking. Ironically, among those who feel the jingoistic spirit are men who, though of military age when America was at war, never served in our country's armed forces. Rep. Andrew Jacobs (D-Ind.
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