The Write Stuff /Speaking my language

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By Deb Hadachek

The other day when I stopped to congratulate Vonda Cooper on her retirement after 41 years at Leonard’s/ Cole’s Appliance Store, we started talking about her first career: copy setting and ad design at The Telescope.

Both she and her husband, Steve, are Telescope alumni, back in the day when it took 20 or more people to produce the newspaper at the plant on US81.

She said the words “yellow dot tape” and memories came flooding back about how we used to do it “in the good old days”. Stories were written on new fangled electric typewriters, typesetters input the information into computers that converted the words to yellow dot tape about an inch thick. Vonda learned to read the dots, similar to Braille, so she could tell when she made an error.

 

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