Sunday, November 15, 2020

If This is a Marxist Typewriter Why Do I Like it So Much?

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If This is a Marxist Typewriter Why Do I Like it So Much?

A signed plaque of the Connie at The Airplane Restaurant in Colorado Springs:
USS Constellation, CV-64

One of the few snapshots I still have from my years on the Connie. Note the double "Battle E" award insignia painted on the worn and greasy nonskid flight deck, earned by our performance in training up for this deployment. "Haze gray and under weigh" was one of our favorite sayings; here it's literally visible:

An excerpt from "The Sea, A Grave," written in January 1979, just a few weeks after the Shah of Iran was deposed and the USS Constellation sped across the South China Sea and Indian Ocean (outrunning our oiler and escort ships, averaging about 27 kts) to keep station off the Arabian Sea, because gunboat diplomacy:
The Sea, A Grave

Note that this was typed on the Senior Chief's red IBM Selectric II, after-hours, but with his permission. He wore some nasty scars on his face and arm, along with a command button -- unique for an enlisted man, but he commanded a riverene patrol boat during the Vietnam conflict, where he also earned the scars.

I have three volumes of this rubbish, containing perhaps a few gems. Maybe someday I'll share more.

When I exited Uncle Sam's Canoe Club I still had lots more poetry to type, and couldn't afford a Selectric, so instead bought a Smith-Corona SE100 daisywheel machine at the local Service Merchandise store. Such are the early years of my typewriter history.

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Blogger DonN said...

An interesting tale!

10:41 PM  
Blogger Bill M said...

Marxist or not I'd love to have one. I believe typewriters are apolitical.
Nice story.

9:30 AM  
Blogger Zack Self said...

Thank you.

5:02 PM  
Blogger SteveK said...

They made sure they had enough planes! I wouldnt want to be stuck at sea, but being stuck in a sub would be much worse.

5:10 PM  
Blogger Ted said...

ahh, memories. Glad you made it out! :D

7:23 PM  

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