[TriLUG] Piece of History

Mark Turner jmarkturner at gmail.com
Thu Feb 28 14:13:11 EST 2008

Ah, yes. Time for another TriLUG "Geezer Thread." :-)

Brian, your mention of the Selectric "terminal" brought back memories. My
dad frequently brought home Selectrics from his job at IBM, so they were
pretty familiar. One that had a fat cable on the back and could be used as a
computer printer, albeit it printed at 15 cps. Wikipedia tells me it was one
of the Selectric printer varieties:


Compared to the pathetic quality of a dot matrix, a Selectric-made printout
was often worth the wait!

I still have a handful of Selectric typeballs I pocketed after Oculan closed
its doors.  :-)

Mark Turner

On Sat, Feb 23, 2008 at 1:48 AM, Brian McCullough <bdmc at bdmcc-us.com> wrote:

> Darn, I guess it's my turn.  How about an IBM Selectric-based "terminal"
> with a 110 or 150 Baud modem built in, and attached to the Telephone
> line, with a pair of cups ( acoustic coupler ) that you put the old
> black telephone handset into.

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