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How do you spell it without any R’s? Aspiring reporter finds out

first_img`If you don’t like my story, chief, get yourself a news boy!” That’s what a reporter said to his editor in a movie I saw when I was 11. I learned reporters were on top of everything and were one step ahead of everyone. When I left the theater I made a decision: I was going to become a reporter. On my way home, I walked past the second-hand store. Two typewriters were in the window – an Underwood priced at $5 and the other, a Fox, at $1. I had 70 cents saved up from running errands. The next morning on my way to the store, I passed the barbershop. Oscar, the owner, was standing in the doorway. “What’s the rush, Jackie?” he asked. “I’m going to buy a typewriter at the second-hand store. I want to be a reporter.” “Be careful and don’t get taken,” Oscar said. “I’ll be all right. Reporters are sharp and careful about details.” When I got to the store I asked the owner about the difference between the two typewriters. “The Underwood is a little better than the Fox,” he said. “Does the Fox work pretty well?” I asked. “Not bad,” he said. “I’ll give you a demonstration.” He typed something without looking at the keys. “I don’t see any printing,” I said. “The Underwood shows you the printing as the type strikes the paper,” he explained. “This typewriter’s keys hit the roller underneath, so you have to turn it up.” He added that it had something to do with patents. I guess when someone invents something, no one else can invent the same thing. The roller was turned up and it said: “The lazy fox jumped on top of the white picket fence.” “Gee, it looks professional!” I thought. “I’ll be able to do some good writing.” When I told the man I had 70 cents, he did not seem too happy. I started to walk to the door when I heard him say, “All right, but remember, you are buying it as is, no refunds!” “It’s a deal,” I said. It was a 2-mile walk home and the typewriter was heavy, but I didn’t care. I was going to be a reporter. My typewriter looked good sitting on the dining room table. I started typing the alphabet. I turned up the roller and there were the printed letters, all but letter R. In its place was a small mark. I looked under the carriage where the R should have been was an empty space. Then I remembered what the owner said: “As is, no refunds!” It was my fault for being so anxious. Anyway, I figured I could use the typewriter to learn how to type without looking at the keys. I practiced the next two hours and learned the positions of the keys. It went well until on came the light. “I thought I heard clicking in here,” my mom said. “What on earth are you doing? It’s 10 o’clock, you should be in bed.” “In a little while,” I pleaded. Mom told me to leave on the light. I decided to wear a blindfold so I wouldn’t see the keys. It was as good as typing in the dark. “Now, what’s going on?” Mom asked a little later. “What are you doing with that necktie around your head? It’s almost midnight and dad will be home from work.” She also added that the typewriter would be there in the morning. The next day I planned to visit Oscar the barber. He doesn’t have any children and talks to me like a grown-up. Oscar was reading his paper when I walked into the shop. “Did you get the typewriter?” he asked. “I told my wife about it, and she has a book that will teach you how to type. There is a sentence about a lazy red fox that jumped over a picket fence. It is good for practice since it has every letter of the alphabet.” “I’m pretty sure it is a `blue fox jumping on top of a picket fence,”‘ I said. “I don’t think so,” Oscar said. “If you don’t use the words red or over you won’t have an R.” He didn’t know, but I learned that 70 cents ago. I thanked him and left. My plan was to save enough money to buy another typewriter. Maybe I could sell this one. Who would buy it? There might be someone who doesn’t need an R. Jack Younger is a 46-year Westchester resident and an actor. Do you have a story to tell? Submit your column to Lisa Martini, My Turn, Daily Breeze, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077, or e-mail us at [email protected]ailybreeze.com. Please limit to 800 words and include your telephone number. We’ll pay $25 for each column we publish. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Softball Drops Pair of Games Saturday to Nationally Ranked Opponents

first_imgStory Links TUCSON, Ariz. – The Drake University softball team lost a pair of games to nationally ranked teams on the second-to-last day of the Wildcat Invitational in Tucson. Drake (10-9) fell to No. 19 James Madison, 8-0, in five innings and No. 23 Minnesota, 4-1.   James Madison (6-2) hit three home runs and Megan Good pitched a one-hitter in the five-inning win. Good hit a three-run home run in the third inning. PDF Box Score Minnesota Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) and Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa) each had one hit off Fiser. Fiser allowed one run on three hits with 13 strikeouts and four walks in a complete game. Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) pitched six innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits with four walks and four strikeouts. Newman’s record moved to 4-4 on the season. Live Stats vs. Kent State 3/3/2019 – 10 a.m. Roemmich had the only hit off Good while Macy Johnson (Winterset, Iowa) and Newman were the only other Bulldogs to reach base, both came via walks. PDF Box Score James Madison center_img Preview Drake ends the Wildcat Invitational Sunday morning with a 10 a.m. game against Kent State. Print Friendly Version Full Schedule Roster Flosoftball Next Game: Watch Live Minnesota (10-5) scored two runs in the second inning and it stayed that score until the fifth inning when Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) launched a leadoff home run to cut the Gophers’ lead to 2-1. Minnesota though scored two more runs in the bottom of the frame to lead 4-1. Amber Fiser, who one-hit the Bulldogs in the first game Friday, allowed just one walk the rest of the way as Minnesota earned its second-straight win over Drake. Nicole Timmons (Davenport, Iowa) allowed five runs on five with two walks and five strikeouts. Timmons’ record dropped to 6-5 with the loss. Hannah Pals (Des Moines, Iowa) pitched 1.1 innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits.last_img read more

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