Leaving a typewriter behind

350 lbs of deep &^%$ (or, the Great Petaluma Typewriter Haul)
The Underwood Standard Champion

Allow me to follow on this post by saying I’ve never regretted giving a typewriter away. It’s almost always the right thing to do, especially if it’s going to someone who doesn’t already have a spare bedroom full of dusty typewriter cases lying about, and is new to the hobby. If the Underwood Standard Champion was this guy’s first typewriter, I could just tell by the look in his eye, it won’t be his last.

Anyway, I reason that leaving a 50 lb analog writing machine behind at a giant software corporation as a parting gesture imparts a certain je ne sais quoi.


  1. Wow, ST, was this a parting of your choosing, or Theirs?

    Yes, it’s a great feeling to send a soon-to-be typing writer on their way. You can just about sense the recipient’s creative thirst!

  2. I’m glad you found a taker for the Underwood Champion.

    All best at the next bend of your ‘journey.’

  3. I reckoned t’was time to move to new corporate shores, and so I found me a job at A Giant Online Retailer. Should be fun, I’m looking forward to it.

  4. How awesome is that?
    I look forward to a new blogger in the typosphere from Giant Software Corp. Because once you’re in, you’re in.

    Congrats on the move!

  5. It was the passing of the typewriter torch at Ginormous Software Corporation! Nice to know we still have a man on the inside, so to speak…

    Best wishes as you set out on your new adventure!

  6. Hey Cheryl! Hope the new leaf turns out well. Still tech writing?

  7. Very entertaining story and exciting personal news, Cheryl!

    I read through the comments of your post 2 years ago, and see that several Typospherians that I recognize actually date back from those earlier times, still happily blogging away on their “analog” machines.

    Best wishes in your new direction!

  8. Cheryl, I wish you the very best at your new digs.

    You are very gracious in your manner of leaving, in that the way you described it sounds as if leaving behind that heavy desktop typer is symbolic of a lot of other baggage having also been left behind.

    The future is bright, keep looking ahead, not behind. And I hope we are graced with more blog entries soon.

    ~Joe (still working at Giant Computer Chip Corporation)

  9. So awesome… the new job and the creation of another junkie, that is!

    I’ve resided in private offices at the same company for 20 years. It has been “personalized”. I wonder which bit of Nerd debris I should leave behind when that day comes?

  10. well since I have several of its fellows, I will just be glad you found a good place for it. I sure do envy you your job-obtaining-fu though. Do you give lessons?

  11. Techwriting, yes. Hmm, as for fu, I am delighted to be accused of having anything-fu.

    Which is to say, I wish the very best Nano-fu to those of you taking on the Rhino this year.

  12. Nerd debris. Heh. I think all of us should make a point of leaving nerd debris behind at various life milestones.

  13. A fine adoption tale. Hope we get to read the other half of it sometime soon.

    “I was running up to the fifth floor — I never go there — and there it was, up on a shelf, with a ‘free’ sign stuck to it in a yellow sticky note. That was my first typewriter, all those years ago…”

  14. Best wishes to you in your new position!

    I’m glad the machine found an appreciative new owner.

  15. That was a noble gesture, Miss. And best of luck in your new role.

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    Very best of luck at the Giant Online Retailer.

  17. Best of luck at your new job Cheryl. Funny how the Underwood found a new owner so quickly. Many of my customers are in the hi-tech field.

  18. I learned on a giant standard, model long lost from my memory, in typing class in 1979. I loved it. It was solid as a rock; you could be flying along and not have to be gentle when you reached up and whacked the carriage return. Portable typewriters just can’t handle that type of heavy duty usage. It’s my dream to own one someday.

    Good luck in the new job.

  19. I am a bit behind on posting comments but enjoyed this post and happy to read there are more and more typewriter “nerds” among us…good luck on your new job…giant online retailer..hum….

  20. I really wish you’d put the machine up for offer before you got rid of it.

  21. “Whew!” I was wondering what would happen to the typer and I’m glad it went to a new addict!

  22. What a touching story — and what a nice thing to do!

    Best wishes (slightly belated) in your new job.

  23. CHeryl, hope you’re fine after quiting your job. Wish that 2012 bring new fresh air to you. Cheers from Argentina, Carlos Sims. http://www.facebook.com/carlos.sims1