Back in the Day

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bbbbbbbbbbbbbbb bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb Back in the Day 1 “What’s this box, Gramps?” I asked, as I lifted a cardboard box from a corner in the attic. 2 “Hey!” my grandfather said. “That’s the box with my high school essays! I tried to find them before!” 3 “And you wanted them—why?” I asked. 4 “I couldn’t save them electronically,” Gramps said, while making his way across the attic obstacle course. Lifting up a handful of limp, handwritten yellowed pages, I said, “What’s the matter with this paper? And why did you make those corrections in ink? The white streaks are impressive, too.” 5 “We worked on typewriters,” Gramps said. “There were no computers. So after we took a page out of the typewriter to check it, we had to figure out how to make the corrections. We couldn’t just insert or delete a letter or a word.” 6 “How did you make corrections?” I asked. bbbbbbbbbbbbbbb © Advanced Assessment Systems/LinkIt!™ Passage provided under license from PassageBank.com. Use and duplication is restricted to licensees only. bbbbbbbbbbbbbbb bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb 7 “A few teachers allowed us to make handwritten corrections in ink,” Gramps said. “Or we typed on erasable paper. It’s thin, and it smudges, but we could erase mistakes and type over them. Of course, it was hard to line up the paper again, so sometimes the new type was crooked. Also, I often painted a little white blotch on the mistake and then typed over it!” 8 “This is a real nice look,” I said. 9 Ignoring me, Gramps added, “If I wanted to add a whole word in the middle of a line, I almost always had to start over and retype the whole page. And then I usually found that the page didn’t end with the same word as the first version. So, I had to retype the next page and the next. 10 “And that’s how it was back then,” Gramps said, as he settled himself on a box to start rereading his essays—all of them from back in the day. bbbbbbbbbbbbbbb © Advanced Assessment Systems/LinkIt!™ Passage provided under license from PassageBank.com. Use and duplication is restricted to licensees only.

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