The typewriter, according to reports, would no longer be manufactured. The last factory in the world, Godrej and Boyce, was closing its plant in Mumbai, according to the Huffington Post, PC Magazine and the Daily Mail Online.
That meant writers would eventually be unable to replace those machines on which you tap on keys, causing backward letters or a whirling metal ball to smack a sheet of dried wood pulp once known as “paper.”
Poets everywhere were bereft, and rumors circulated that Ragan’s CEO was anticipating a new income stream derived from auctioning off the old typewriters on a shelf in our newsroom.
Trouble was, the news was untrue.
Faced with skepticism from others, gullible media crawled back from their report. After all, as Gawker noted, you can still buy typewriters through Staples.com. Somebody’s got to be making the things.