How the Captain Got His Job
Phineas T. Benchmark, Esq. USN Ret.
| Long ago, in way-off California,
before the days of InDesign, PageMaker or FrontPage, we designed a turnkey
seminar on the value of document design. One component was an amusement
on disk and slides, a brief history of written communications.
Our favorite cartoonist opened the show with a USPS
caveman delivering rock carvings from his animal-skin mail pouch. The
story progressed through the invention of the Gutenberg Press, the advent
of the Magna Carta and those wobbly type-balls on the first electronic
typewriters. Along the way, we met Remington, of firearms fame, who was
also the inventor of the typewriter. We renamed him and adopted him as
our mascot and the rest, as they say, is history. We are forever indebted
to Trish Cleary, cartoonist-inventor, for our leader, our talisman,