I missed this during my travels last week, but how incredibly cool.

Image:IBM at 100: We’ve always been about communication Image:IBM at 100: We’ve always been about communication
The United States Postal Service last week issued a stamp in the "Pioneers of American Industrial Design" series featuring designer Eliot Noyes, who was responsible for the design of the original IBM Selectric typewriter in 1961.

There are some great stories on the IBM "Icons of Progress" page around the Selectric typewriter.

As part of IBM's Centennial, I volunteered to be the IBM Expert associated with the Selectric typewriter. Why? I think I got into this industry because of the Selectric. My 7th grade typing class with Miss Kolko had mostly manual typewriters, but if you were a particularly good student, you could earn a class session using the IBM Selectric at the front of the room. And because my left-handed handwriting was so horrible, typing -- and then computers -- was a critical outlet for me in being able to communicate.

Thus, the IBM Selectric energized my interest in keyboarding, where I still type somewhere between 90 and 110 words per minute. It lead me to my first TRS-80, then Apple ][s, then that wonderful Mac a few years later. And when I went to university and thought I was going to go become a retailer upon graduation, instead I found myself interested in the university computing services, and pursued an IT-related career that now runs 22 years.

I still love to write. This blog, my hobby writing of my local interest column, travel reviews on TripAdvisor...you name it, I would rather spend time behind a keyboard than in front of a TV or making things work.

The written word has the power to connect people. IBM's leadership and innovation in that space goes back for 50 years. My team and I are excited about how the written word will continue to provide a source of innovation, collaboration, and making the world work better for the next 50 and beyond.

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