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typed furiously: They are getting worse as the standard of education slips. The "gift" comes from spending many long years reading...

NASA DFRC didn't do technical reports on the mainframe, so ASCII and printers are irrelevant. NASA typed technical reports, as did the NACA. The typewriters, both manual and electric, had upper and lower cases. They used hand-written Greek characters until rub-ons became available, although in the '60s and '70s they had an IBM electric typewriter with a couple of detachable keys. Keys with Greek symbols could be inserted.

Blinky lights WAS: The SR71 Blackbird was designed ENTIRELY with slide rules. fwd 713
Which computers do you mean? The featured computers used in The Time Tunnel (1966) came from and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964) by way of Lost in Space (1965). They were...

I wrote the first technical paper at DFRC that was done entirely on a word processor, with no handwritten version for a secretary to key in. Rather, I composed and wrote it at the word processor. I also did the updating throughout the review process.

Blinky lights WAS: The SR71 Blackbird was designed ENTIRELY with
Hugh Gibbons One of the common attributes of being young is an (non-fact based) Of courseBAH's buttessment just might possibly maybe have something...

I had to borrow our secretary's DEC word processor (maybe a DECmate? the one with 8-in. floppies) because all I had available for my personal use was the CDC Cyber-73 and an Apple e. She was happy to let me use it because it meant she didn't have to key the paper in from a manuscript.

Blinky lights WAS: The SR71 Blackbird was designed ENTIRELY with 712
That's the problem. Characters blur, too. Thus, words cannot stand out, especially if they're incorrect. Dammit. My fingers dropped nots yesterday...

I was also the first engineer at DFRC to write a paper entirely in LaTeX. The technical typists loved me for it, because they had to do almost nothing with it. It was full of matrix equations, which were very difficult for them to translate into LaTeX without errors. This is the closest we ever got to using the mainframe for technical reports, since I did this on the Elxsi and printed it out on an HP laser printer.

We had offset printers on site for technical reports and other high-volume items. Even when we shipped reports off to GPO we sent final pages, which weren't reset by the printers. The only things that got reset were journal articles published by various professional societies.

Besides, you could get chains for line printers with both upper and lower case in 1966, because I saw a "word processor" program which used such a chain to produce mixed-case documents then. It wouldn't do much of we think of a word processor doing, of course. It used mark-up characters to indicate capitals. I think it ran on an IBM 1401 that was also used to do I-O for the IBM mainframe. We switched to a 360-91 about then and I never did learn much about the previous set-up.

Mary

-- Mary Shafer Retired aerospace research engineer We didn't just do weird stuff at Dryden, we wrote reports about it.


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