The Mind-Set List, Faculty Edition
Robert Scherrer provides a guide to the college years of a typical 50-something professor, 22 August 2017
* Roommates shared a single phone provided with their room. It was connected by a cable to an outlet in the wall. The phone couldn’t talk.
* A student who was not in their room was impossible to reach on the phone.
* Those who couldn’t afford to phone home could write letters, a precursor to email. These were hand delivered and took two to four days to arrive.
* Students wrote papers on a mechanical word processor called a typewriter. At the end of every line, a bell would ring, signaling the student to slap the carriage holding the paper until it returned to the beginning of the line.
* Cutting and pasting required actual cutting and real paste.
* A textbook cost less than a calculator.