When I was a kid, my dad had a green IBM Selectric typewriter with a black keyboard. He used it to publish a stock market analysis and investing strategy newsletter, which he banged out on his Selectric in his bedroom. Sometimes, to make money to buy Wacky Packages, or issues of MAD magazine, I would help collate and staple the latest issue, or sort the envelopes into bulk piles and run them through the Pitney Bowes postage meter.
At some point he gave me the typewriter. Not too long after, I ditched it during an apartment move. I right away regreted getting rid of it, and ever since, I have sort of kept my eye out for another one.
Well, today I was at the RE-store in Seattle donating some usable bathroom fixtures that we had leftover after a recent remodel, and there it was. A green Selectric, complete with original dust cover, 12 different typeface balls, the original manuals, and 8 new ribbons. All for $30.
I think I’m going to start my screenplay tonight.