Colin McEnroe Show: Pens On Parade
In a world of high-speed texts and e-mail, who cares anymore about pens?
People get superstitious about pens. Even people who can't afford an "ownership experience" pen like a Montblanc.
Jon from New Haven tells us - "I like to write with a cheap, BLUE bic ballpoint pen. I believe that with blue pen, my creative writing improves and, conversely, if I journal in black, I suspect that my life will swiftly go downhill. This is probably untrue, but I haven't tested it empirically. "
The CEO of Mont Blanc pens was in Hartford today, so we had to do a show about writing implements.
Obviously, itty-bitty keypads are slowly gobbling up the functions of pens and pencils, but it doesn't seem possible that we'll evolve into a non-writing species any time soon.
And all the technology that can be poured into a PDA can also be used to building a better pen or pencil. For today's show, we investigated one of each-- writing implements so unconventional that they appear to have been dropped on the ground by one of the time-traveling members of the rebel resistance in a Terminator movie. And you know those guys used pens -- just to annoy the cyborgs.
We also made a date to find out more about the pens being used in the heyday of Hartford writing -- the pens Mark Twain and maybe Harriet Beecher Stowe used on Nook Farm.
Anyone know what Hartford's Wallace Stevens used?
We already heard from Christian who told us:
"I prefer a Zebra F301 because it takes a beating, has indelible ink, and is compact and comfortable. It writes sharply and smoothly and won't break the bank if I lose it or break it. Perfect for industrial environments. I also enjoy turning my own pens, but wind up mostly giving them as gifts instead of using them myself."
On Facebook, Ruth wrote:
"Whatever's handy. I've used everything from the kind you dip in India ink to those funky misprint pens that come from a famous job lot store. My Koh-i-noor Refillable India Ink Pen gets a workout some weeks. I do actually own a Mont Blanc fountain pen, but haven't used it in years. It's too darned expensive to lose if I use it outside of the house, and not fine enough to draw with."