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The Fifth Phoenix Type-In: Report and Ephemera

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Your Humble Correspondent

Your Humble Correspondent

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I mentioned that I didn't know most of the people that showed up - lots of new people and plenty of curious people from the Book Bar (yeah, it's a bookstore and a bar) came over to try out the machines. A hive of activity. This young fellow didn't waste any time - he sat down at Ryan's Royal 10, familiarized himself with the margins, and proceeded to pound out 2 or 3 pages of dense single spaced prose. He took it all with him. I expect that when confronted with a typewriter, this fellow was seized with the Muse and knocked out a short story. That's pretty much what it's all about, really.

I mentioned that I didn’t know most of the people that showed up – lots of new people and plenty of curious people from the Book Bar (yeah, it’s a bookstore and a bar) came over to try out the machines. A hive of activity. This young fellow didn’t waste any time – he sat down at Ryan’s Royal 10, familiarized himself with the margins, and proceeded to pound out 2 or 3 pages of dense single spaced prose. He took it all with him. I expect that when confronted with a typewriter, this fellow was seized with the Muse and knocked out a short story. That’s pretty much what it’s all about, really.

Oh, look - maybe a new Typecaster coming up in the ranks!

Oh, look – maybe a new Typecaster coming up in the ranks!

And now, in basically the order I picked them up, are the sheets that were left behind today. Many many more sheets went with people, despite the triplicate copies. A lot of typing happened today, and some of it even made sense. :D

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Amusingly, there was a fellow that showed up towards the end of the event with a little white portable, who set his machine up at the other end of the room and then came to check us out. Turns out he had just came to the bar with his machine to write, and didn’t know about the type-in at all. It was his first time bringing his typewriter and he was astonished to find the room already full of people tapping away. :D

Updated: July 26, 2014 — 9:39 pm

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  1. Nice report! I think the stationary was a big hit – in triplicate!

    I was so worn out I forgot to give you your tortoise shell Liner. It’s here whenever you want it :)

  2. BTW – the “Three Typecasters” pic looks like an Edward Hopper painting

  3. LOTS of words typed. And the timer worked!!

  4. Quite a workout for man and machine. Worth singing about… ‘By the time I get to Phoenix they’ll be typing… ‘

  5. What a fantastic turnout! This, it is clear, was an Event.

  6. What an awesome event. Your animated photos give us a taste of the energy.

  7. Congratulations on the fine report and successful type-in.

  8. I love the ending where the writer thinks he’s happened upon a typewriter bar. I very much wish I could be there.

  9. It would be HILARIOUS and so awesome to bring a typewriter downtown and then just blunder into a type-in! That’s amazing.

  10. im thinking phoenix is kicking every other city’s butt with the type-ins. great set-up and participation. Looks like a ton of fun! kudos to you guys!

  11. Giftastic typecasts! Phoenix truly is the spiritual home of the type in. I’m going to come back to read more.

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