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World's First-Ever Typewriter Party?

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Sure, typewriters are cool. But have you ever been to a typewriter party? Michael McGettigan, a Philadelphia bike shop owner, organized one at a pub in the city's main train terminal, 30th Street Station. The first ever Philadelphia type-in brought together some classic clackers, some drinks, typing fans (including a 16-year-old who blogs via typewriter) and a few puzzled stares from passing riders.

The party had an agenda that included a typing contest (competitors had to copy a section of Paul Auster's "The Story of My Typewriter"), consultations with a technician and some letter-writing. McGettigan called it a success and hopes to do another one, hopefully outdoors, in the spring.

Here's what he had to say about the event and its honoree:

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