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Re: Good Old (Tech) Days....WAS "Can this career be saved?"
Subject:Re: Good Old (Tech) Days....WAS "Can this career be saved?" From:Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com> To:techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com Date:Tue, 7 Jun 2011 12:30:14 -0700
In 1978 my boss showed me these remarkable 5-1/4" floppy discs, each
containing a few fonts comprising a typeface family. These were for a
Compugraphic typesetter. Ads were created with rubylith, clip art, glue
pots, X-Acto knives and waxing units. On Friday afternoons I'd change from
my role as a salesperson/rough layout artist to negative stripper and
aluminum plate burner, all destined for the Web (decidedly NOT the www
In '86 I set myself up as an independent, PostScript-enabled, PC-based
electronic publishing house, centered around a hot-rodded AT-compatible.
This was back when FEW people—outside of the Palo Alto/Menlo Park elite and
company employees at Apple, Adobe, Aldus and QMS—considered DTP to be truly
viable, *especially* from a PC!
On Tue, Jun 7, 2011 at 12:16 PM, Becca <becca_price -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:
> At my first writing job, writers were to *write* and secretaries typed -
> that was a big uproar in the STC in those days. It was a big day when the
> company purchased a (I think) Word Star unit that the secretary actually got
> into like a cockpit to do the data entry and formatting. The output was a
> long thin strip maybe 3-4" wide that we put through a hot wax machine to be
> able to do our layouts and pasteups.
> Am I really dating myself?
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