Sunday, November 19, 2017

Typing with Twain

Okay, we know it's a football day--Slap Maxwell is up there in the press box--but two items from yesterday deserving of note:

1. It was on November 18, 1477, that the first book to be printed in England came off William Caxton's Westminster Abbey Press. The book: "Dictes and Sayengs of the Phylosophers," by Earl Rivers. Still waiting for the movie version.

2.  And it was November 18, 1865, when Mark Twain's  breakthrough story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" was published. But what is less known is that Twain was the first writer to type a manuscript (he used a Remington) and to give it double spacing. Praising his typewriter, he said, "It don't muss things or scatter ink blots around." Twain would have loved the computer.

Now, back to the games.

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