I can’t believe I haven’t heard of Calmly Writer before.
It’s a responsive typewriter that doesn’t stutter, has no gee-gaws, and saves to your own disk or Google Drive.
We tend to think that crowdfunding is a very 2010s idea. Only last year, I was throwing the idea out there that a new Vancouver daily could be kickstarted for a mere $22 million.
But reading this Peter Mackie story about the short-lived Vancouver Times, I discover that it was completely funded by the public buying shares, much of it sold from a stand at the PNE. The publisher, William “Val” Warren, hoped to replicate this throughout Canada.
It only survived a year, bad management and lack of ads dooming the project. Newspaper academic Marc Edge has a history of its short life and slow death.
In my piece the other day suggesting that some wiseacres Kickstart $22 million for a daily newspaper, I had intended to include the suggestion that this prospective paper take the name of the old Vancouver Daily Herald, which folded on 29 September 1954.
Why? So the new incarnation could finally print the answers to the crossword it’s namesake surely ran over sixty years ago. (I wish this was my idea, alas, but this gag was done by the reborn New York Sun, which, in 2002, printed the answers to the crossword from 1950.) But a joke’s a joke.
To this end, I asked the Vancouver Public Library to send me a PDF of the final crossword, which champs that they are, they did. It was also a competition with real money: every week that readers did not send in a perfect answer, the pot went up. It was last offered with a $600 pot.
Alas, the fiendishly efficient VPL staff also sent me a PDF of the answers, which was published in the final edition. ruining a good gag. Nobody won the final pot. It’s still up for grabs.
Below are the pictures of the crossword on the page, the final crossword, and the answer page. Click on them to make them larger.