Writer places typewriters around St. Louis for people to share thoughts

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ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) – Henry Goldkamp believes this old fashioned device holds the keys to unlocking the modern day story of St. Louis.

‘What the hell is St. Louis thinking?’ asks Henry Goldkamp the project manager of What the Hell is St. Louis Thinking?

The 19th and 20th century form of printing words to paper will be popping up all over St. Louis this week.

His project, to place typewriters around the region for a sampling of what this city has to say.

‘A lot of them are quite lewd to be honest,’ laughs Tom Halaska.

‘From my own experience of typing on a typewriter, more so than a computer or laptop it becomes an extension of you,’ says Goldkamp.  ‘The typewriter serves one purpose, to type words and this case to type thoughts.’

Sasha`s on Shaw is the first place people have been hunting and pecking their way through a tale of this town.

Beginning in the 1860’s typewriters were the top tool for writers and businesses worldwide.
But think of it as a quirky way to use the QWERTY keyboard.

‘An interesting footnote is that this old technology has made modern smart phones obsolete – at least during dinner and drinks here at Sasha`s,’ says Patrick Clark.

‘All of a sudden there’s a typewriter which sparks creativity and conversation,’ says Halaska, ‘Then the next thing you know the whole table is laughing and typing trying to figure out how to use a typewriter and someone is yelling, ‘No that’s not how you do it., I took this class in high school and the shift button is over here.’  So it creates a lot of fun.’

Of course, once the vino starts flowing the verbiage can become colorful.

You can follow @wthstl on Facebook and twitter to see excerpts from the future book.

‘It’s mining for diamonds,’ says Goldkamp.  ‘You’re going to get some coal on you to mine those gems but I think it’s going to work out nicely.’

And just maybe to understand the architecture of this town, you need the archetype to put it down onto paper.

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