For quite some months, I have had a standing desk dedicated to Mothra, my 1972 IBM Selectric Composer. Sadly, when I last tried to type on ‘er a couple days ago, the machine stopped cold in half-cycle. I could still hear the motor spinning free, though, and that’s a real bad sign.
So anyway – it was fun while it lasted, but unless I can find a good NOS belt (or somehow manufacture one), Mothra is down for the count. The downsides are obvious, including sudden loss of use of all my Composer typefaces:
The upside is there’s now a Selectric-sized table spot available. Time to haul out Gandalf the Grey. This comic book panel expresses how I feel about that:
Also, oh yeah, we have a new book out, shown here with The Blue Bomber. It’s called The IBM Selectric 1, II, III Typewriter Repair Shop Manual 1, and is available at Lulu. Looks like I’ll have need of it myself soon.. :D