|Mergenthaler Linotype Linotronic laser typesetter, CRTerminal, and TypeView.|
Yes, those are 5-1/4" floppy drive in the CRTerminal.
|Metal type in wooden tray, courtesy Don Black Linecasting.|
|Harry S Truman, 33rd president of the United States.|
Soon after sending those galleys back to RMC, I received a call from the Rand McNally editor working on the travel guide. She told me that she knew the story of Harry Truman's middle initial, but that the reference was to the Harry S. Truman Library & Museum (https://www.trumanlibrary.org/), which regardless of its rationale for doing so, most certainly did have a period after the "S." Thankfully, I already had a good rapport with the people at RMC, so I was able to finesse the situation with humility and apology.
|Oval office reproduction in the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, |
courtesy of TripAdvisor
By the 1990s, Desktop Publishing software was hollowing out the typesetting industry. PBT retained some high-end customers, such as RMC, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Northwestern University Medical School. We began to offer them web design services, re-purposing their print content. Eventually, PBT morphed into Webitects, without typesetting, and still going strong. By then, I had already departed to enter the high tech market, first at a Motorola spin-off, then at Allstate.com and Allstate Financial, now at CA Technologies, which just got bought by Broadcom.
These days, I would google "Harry S. Truman" before overriding an editor. I'm not sure how I "knew" the S stood for nothing. Maybe trivia, verified by a visit to the library. Wikipedia has certainly eased casual research, though there seem to be more sources of misinformation than trustworthy knowledge.
P.S. In the tech world, LMGTFY stands for "Let me google that for you," a phrase many tech support personnel are tempted to utter.
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