I dropped by the Mesa Typewriter Exchange yesterday to catch up on what new machines had come in, and to ask Bill Wahl about his encounter with Alton Brown, who had stopped in the shop and poked around awhile before buying a nice early-60’s Olympia SM7. The funny part I found out was that Bill didn’t recognize Alton at all until he’d closed up the shop for lunch and saw his photo on a large marquee outside the Mesa Arts Center, so at the time, he was completely unaware that he’d had a celebrity visitor. :D
Then of course, there’s the famous photo of Alton with his beloved H3k.
And did you see the Late Show? Did you notice something in the corner of the cold open shot? I did.
Yeah, a 1940’s Underwood Portable with a half-written letter in it. Is this Stephen Colbert’s home office? If so, then Colbert’s also a fan of letter writing on a typewriter. What else could we learn from the brick-a-brack on the desk behind him?
and on a cute note, I found this blog entry from 2008 about a kid gravitating naturally to a typewriter in a museum display. Kids know what typewriters are for!