Manson Whitlock | Typewriter repairman, 96
The cause was not disclosed, but Mr. Whitlock closed his shop in June, when he was hospitalized with a kidney ailment.
Once ubiquitous in offices and on dorm-room desks, typewriters have all but fallen silent in recent years, as they have been replaced by computers. But Mr. Whitlock kept plugging along, as a dwindling number of customers hunted the streets of New Haven, Conn., and pecked at the door of his second-floor shop near the Yale University campus.
He had been on the job since 1930, when he began working at his father's bookstore. Before long, he took charge of the typewriter department.
As a concession to modern times, he began to repair electric typewriters as well. He drew the line at computers, which he never learned to use. As he told the Christian Science Monitor in 2007, "You work a typewriter, a computer works you." - Washington Post