For the first column in 2016, I shared some of the more weird (just rejected the word "weirder") questions that have come from readers over the past 40 years. You might enjoy them -- scroll down past all that black, on my flagship paper's web site:
For the first few years of the column I used that modern marvel, the Selectric typewriter. But by the '80s here was this suitcase-sized computer equipment! That's a pretty big slot in the disk drive -- were those floppies six or eight inches across? And you can't even see the computer itself -- what did we call that component? -- at any rate it was a hefty affair under the desk.
That was a great keyboard. I'm still using an IBM, a heavy one one with loud clicks and -- the kids say when they visit -- everything in the wrong place. It's not the original one, I confess -- had to upgrade the year they added F function keys.
When one of my grandsons spilled Orange Crush all over this keyboard, I just took it to the kitchen sink and ran it under warm water. And if it ever gives out, there are two more in the cupboard -- found them years ago a flea market.