word processor history -- interesting article (Evan Koblentz)

Fred Cisin 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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