Tuesday, July 10, 2012

"The enclosed poster is of questionable merit"

In an undated letter that I found tucked away inside a book, concerning the Association Internationale des Étudiants en Sciences Économiques et Commerciales (AIESEC), Wendy Peter of New London, Connecticut, typed the following:

First off, as an aside, we're getting to the point where current and future generations will lump typewriters in with water wheels when it comes to ancient inventions that have no meaning to them or bearing on their lives.

And that's a shame. Typewriters were so cool! I mean, it's convenient to have spell checker and it's fun to manipulate fonts on our PCs, but typewritten letters are minor works of art. Even the typos and mistakes hold their own beauty:

Up close, they almost look like the kind of extraterrestrial symbols that Charles Berlitz or Erich von Däniken would try to interpret:

But I digress. Or maybe I'm just getting punchy. Or perhaps both.

At one point in her letter, African Coordinator Wendy Peter writes: "The enclosed poster is of questionable merit or talent, but it might prove of some use for publicity. More professional posters and the long-promised case studies will be available at the National Congress."

Well, I had the "enclosed poster" tucked away inside, too.

It's ... well, it's something.

Yes, indeed. That is Africa.

Can't you just see all those great opportunities for business, economic or political science students within it? Don't you want to run right out and join AIESEC?

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