Typing Station #1 asked guests to sign in on the Electrodex, an electronic Rolodex gadget from 1989. You can see a raffle prize-- a 1948 Underwood, case of Lakefront Brewery's M'waukee Beercicle, and copy of The Typewriter Revolution next to it.
Typing Station #2 asked guests to write a short poem about a frog on a Royal Signet. Some of these will appear in a future issue of QWERTY Quarterly.
At Typing Station #3, guests gave their arguement on whether they were for or against Candidate Cthulhu for President on a Remington Rand Model 5.
Station #4 was a thank you note typing station on an Olympia SM 8.
And Station #5, "Meet the Press," asked to grab a sheet of paper and...
...a fedora with a press card in it, then interview a fellow guest and return to write a short report on it.
Here is the ad hoc QF press corps!
Cello, drums, and...typewriter made lovely sounds from music guests Nineteen Thirteen.
By Tea Krulos QWERTYFEST MKE mourns the loss of author Cormac McCarthy, who passed away yesterday. McCarthy was a Pulitzer Prize winner who authored titles like Blood Meridian, No Country for Old Men, The Road, and many others. McCarthy wrote his novels on a typewriter. His machine of choice was a Olivetti Lettera 32. He bought his at a pawn shop in 1963 for $50 and used it all the way up until 2009, putting an estimated 5 million words on it. Not bad, considering the life of a laptop is usually only a few years. After it began to falter, he put the typer on the auction block, where it sold for $254,500. McCarthy then switched to another Olivetti, which a friend bought for him for $11.
In our first issue of QWERTY Quarterly, author Becky Franzel wrote a piece titled "Cormac McCarthy's The Road." Today, Becky posted: Kinda like Hunter S Thompson’s obsession with The Great Gatsby, my first obsession that drove me to write into late hours of the night was Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. It was something in the way everything was bleak, yet not exaggerated. It just “was”. This helped me carry through some difficult chapters in my own life, and shaped how I wrote inner conflict in my own writing.
There are several lines in this book that I’ve committed to memory, but this is a line that rings in my head almost every time I sit to write. I’ve doctored it here for my own purposes, but today would be a good day to start reading The Road for yourself, if you’re up for it.
Also, strangely coincidental (or perhaps a portent?) QWERTYFEST co-organizer Molly Snyder happened to get a tattoo based on the Olivetti style McCarthy preferred on the day he passed away.
Celebrity typewriter will be spotted throughout QWERTYFEST MKE, we can confirm.
American Writers Museum, who will be tabling at the QWERTYFEST National Typewriter Day opening party on June 23, have revealed they will have two typewriters owned by screenwriter John Hughes in attendance.
Hughes is known for his screenwriting and directing of iconic 1980s movies like Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast CLub, Weird Science, Uncle Buck, and Home Alone, among others.
Attendees will be able to try these typewriters out. Who knows-- 80s comedic genius might absorb into your fingertips! Tickets to the Friday night party are $25 (also part of the ALL CAPS Pass) and can be found HERE.
Another celeb typer on the scene will be able to be seen at the Ace Business Machines table at the QWERTY Market on Saturday, June 24, 1-6pm at Forest Home Cemetery's Historic Chapel. This is a free event that features vendors, free TypeTalk presentations, and a typewriter display. Tours are happening at noon and 2pm (the tours are ticketed, with tickets HERE).
Ace Business Machines, which fixes and maintains a wide range of office machines, was recently gifted a signed 1949 Royal Quiet Deluxe by typewriter enthusiast and actor Tom Hanks. Hanks is well known to be a generous supporter of the typewriter community. Ace will be showing off this great artifact as well as selling typewriters and ribbons. More info on the QWERTY Market can found HERE.