Transcribed below.

My end is my beginning.
I thought I’d make it through,
But at the final inning,
I don’t know what to do.
I head for my conclusion
With confidence—but then
My thoughts are all confusion.
I’m stuck, and once again


  1. Maypo says:

    Now that the marathon is over and in the American spirit of categorization and competition:
    Which has the most satisfying”action”?
    Which is most comfortable to type on for hours on end?
    Which keys feel nicest?
    Which is your favorite machine Doctor?
    And of course, why?

  2. Daniel says:

    Sorry I am so late to the typewriter party again, but it just came into my memory that the way one made an exclamation point on the Sterling and similar keyboards was APOSTROPHE + BACKSPACE + PERIOD. This may have helped cause more conscious choice and reserve more value for the use of the “Screamer.”

    • Dr. Boli says:

      Dr. Boli once heard of a young reporter whose editor stomped over to his desk with a file and obliterated the semicolon. It was still possible to make a semicolon by typing a colon, backspace, comma—but it would be work.

      On that principle, the Depression-era pared-to-the-bones Monarch Pioneer (which did not join our party this year, so we apologize for leaving it out) has no semicolon:

      Monarch Pioneer keyboard

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