Editor's Notebook


February 1, 2024

When I began work at The Express, several pieces of equipment more than 70 years old were still in use. Typesetting equipment in daily use ranged from 40 to 50 years old but the process had begun to update the typesetting department. I remember asking a salesman how long we should expect the new electronic equipment to last. I remember seeing him point to one of the older Linotypes and saying, “It should last as long as those machines did.”

Unfortunately, I believed him.

Before 10 years had passed, the machine he sold had been replaced.

When we began installing video display terminals in the m...

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