word processor history -- interesting article (Evan Koblentz)
cisin at xenosoft.com
Fri Jul 8 14:43:41 CDT 2016
On Fri, 8 Jul 2016, Paul Koning wrote:
> I may have missed it, but I haven't seen the IBM MT/ST mentioned.
> That's certainly a rather old system, dating back to 1964 according to
> Wikipedia, which says it's the oldest word processor (and references an
> article about WP history).
The original post that started this thread referred to a URL
It suggested that one significant contender for that author's "FIRST
author to write a book on a word processor" was Len Deighton. In the late
1960s he bought one. He wrote first drafts on his typewriter, then his
secretary, Ellenor Handley, retyped it into his MT/ST and edited it there.
Specifically, a novel entitled "Bomber", published in 1970.
If the MT/ST was released in 1964, then even with its high price, it seems
odd that so many years would go by before anybody used it for a book
(I also mentioned that the pronunciation of MT/ST made me want to create a
word processor to be called "FULL ST")
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