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Incredible Engineering: Deseret News Applauds the Workmanship

BySamantha Nguyen

May 16, 2024
Incredible Engineering: Deseret News Applauds the Workmanship

In 1972, I acquired a typewriter during a time when the Susquehanna River flooded many cities in Pennsylvania. The river runs from upstate New York to Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. A month after Hurricane Agnes hit and brought relentless rains, some cities were submerged under 20 feet of water. I joined a cleanup crew in the town of Wilkes-Barre, a place I had never visited before. Working long hours from morning till night, we slept in the high school gym on cots.

During one of my shifts clearing debris, I came across an old Smith-Corona typewriter buried in mud. After cleaning and restoring it with a new ribbon, I used the typewriter for many years. Although I now use a computer most of the time, I occasionally revert to the typewriter. I ponder over whether my writing changes when I use it, especially considering recent studies suggesting that writing by hand enhances brain activity and memory more than typing.

Typewriters offer a slower and distraction-free writing experience, devoid of modern technology interruptions. The physical connection to the typewriter during the writing process is unique, unlike the digital world. The satisfying sound and mechanical motion of each keystroke evoke a sense of nostalgia and appreciation for the craftsmanship behind the machine. As I typed on my typewriter, I wondered about the authors who had used similar machines in the past, such as Herman Mankiewicz, who hailed from Wilkes-Barre and won an Academy Award for “Citizen Kane.”

This narrative is featured in the May 2024 edition of Deseret Magazine. To discover more content like this, learn how to subscribe today.

By Samantha Nguyen

As a content writer at newsqwe.com, I am passionate about crafting engaging and informative articles that captivate our audience. With a background in journalism and a keen eye for detail, I strive to deliver content that is not only well-researched but also adds value to our readers' lives. From breaking news stories to in-depth features, I take pride in my ability to tell compelling stories that resonate with our diverse audience. When I'm not typing away at my keyboard, you can find me exploring new cafes, practicing yoga, or getting lost in a good book. I am thrilled to be a part of the newsqwe.com team and look forward to sharing my love for writing with all of our readers.

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