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Typing Lesson
Carl Palmer

"TYPEWRITER" is typed using only the top row of keys on a typewriter  

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
"All the letters in the alphabet are used," Mom explains
as she checks the printed results for clarity, spacing, and
alignment on each typewriter in the office supply section
of the Salvation Army Thrift Store before buying hers.
"It's called a pangram, however the word "THE" is used
twice. This sentence can be shortened by replacing one
of them with an A."
"Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs.

is an even shorter pangram", she smiles,
"however, not something an upstanding
church secretary like me would type."

From Old Mill Road.
Used here with permission.


Carl “Papa” Palmer lives in University Place, Washington now, but grew up on Old Mill Road (the name of his latest book) in Ridgeway, Virginia. Retired from the military and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), he enjoys being a Franciscan Hospice volunteer and being “Papa” to his grand descendants. Carl is the author of nine chapbooks and his work has been published in more than 200 journals around the world. His motto is "Long Weekends Forever!"


Post New Comment:
Darrell Arnold:
Shoshauna is right. Olivettis rock. I had to sell mine during get last quarter of my senior year in college to pay my rent. I loved that machine.
Posted 02/03/2024 08:43 PM
Lori Levy:
Brings back memories of typing class, but I don't remember having to type those sentences!
Posted 02/03/2024 02:41 PM
Interesting. Our warmup sentence was: Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. I dont know how I hung in as a secretary with having to correct typos through all those carbon copies! So grateful for the computer keyboard with its backspace key in more ways than one,
Posted 02/03/2024 01:40 PM
Shoshauna Shy:
I have fond memories of an Olivetti. I started typing stories on it when I was eight. Such a sensuously sculpted machine!
Posted 02/03/2024 12:15 PM
Love it!!! Big smile! Randy Mazie
Posted 02/03/2024 11:44 AM
This is about so much more than typing.
Posted 02/03/2024 09:29 AM
Joan Luther:
Wonderful story and poem!
Posted 02/03/2024 09:16 AM
Darrell Arnold:
I was the only boy in my high-school typing class. My options were to take typing or shop, and I knew I wasn't going to be a carpenter or mechanic. I could never get faster than 40 words per minute, but it didn't matter. I was going to be a writer, and that's what I became, and 40 wpm were enough. Thanks, Carl, for the memory.
Posted 02/03/2024 08:32 AM
Ha ha! Love that! Remember typing the fox/dog sentence many times in my golden youth!
Posted 02/03/2024 07:31 AM
Larry Schug:
Ha! Good one.
Posted 02/03/2024 07:09 AM

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