GADGET UPDATE: From the Department of Bad Ideas, it's the Smith Corona PWP 5000 Word Processor . . . Like the post a few weeks ago, it's another look back. The picture is scanned from a 1990 Writer's Digest--
In the ad, the clunky-looking machine was billed as "the word processor for people who are convinced they need a computer." It continued:
So, you're absolutely certain you need a computer. The odds are very good you absolutely don't.
The fact is, over 70% of the people who go to all the expense of buying computers and all the aggravation of trying to figure them out end up using their computers mainly for word processing and spreadsheets. . . .
Just look at the features the PWP 5000 puts at your fingertips--50,000 characters of editable memory, 100,000 character DataDisks, our exclusive Smith Corona Grammar-Right System, a 24 line by 80 character screen, a detachable keyboard, even CoronaCalc Spreadsheet program and Sheet Feeder options.
With or without "Sheet Feeder options," history belonged to those aggravating computers, not stand-alone word processors.