#TBT When I began attending high school I asked my grandmother for a typewriter for Christmas. (I’d already tapped my parents pretty heavily that year.) She said, “Sure honey, but I wouldn’t know what in the world to buy.”
Anticipating her response I just happened to have the one I wanted picked out and an ad for it in my pocket. She asked me why I wanted that particular one because, she said, “It’s nice looking, but you might want something larger, more substantial.”
Christmas arrived and my new Remington Streamliner was under the tree. I never did tell her why I picked out that particular one, but I’ll share the reason with you: It was the exact model that Dick Van Dyke as Rob Petrie used when he was working from home, 148 Bonne Meadow Road, New Rochelle, New York.
My Streamliner moved to New York with me in 1969 and I used it for nearly a decade. Sometimes I’ll hear the ping of a bell with a certain pitch and feel, in response, as if I need to pull back that sleek, chrome carriage return.