Nuts and Bolts of This Computer System Prompt Case of Word Processing Willies
Nis Kildegaard

Just in time for Christmas shopping, a letter arrived this week from the Harris Corporation, makers of the typesetting equipment we use at the Gazette to produce the words you’re reading now.

An introductory note explained that the Composition and Controls Division at Harris has cut prices on a number of spare parts -- “items which exceed our forecasted requirements.” We think that means nobody’s buying them.

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Gazette Finishes Restoration in Historic Expansion
Nis Kildegaard

The Vineyard Gazette this week completed its first major building expansion and renovation at South Summer street and Davis Lane in Edgartown, the newspaper’s home since early 1939. This Sunday, as the newspaper enters its 139th year of publishing without missing a single issue, the Gazette will open its doors to all the Vineyard community from noon to 5 p.m. for a house warming and public inspection.

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The Gazette Office Lurches into the Future Where Computers Hum and Screens Glow
Nis Kildegaard

Almost in time for last week’s printing deadlines, the Vineyard Gazette dragged its typesetting technology, kicking and scratching, into the age of high-speed computers. Except for a few pieces of the almanac listings, all the news in the April 16 edition was typeset on a microprocessor-based system manufac­tured by the Harris Corporation.

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We're Back Home Again, Bigger and Faster and Softer
Vineyard Gazette

This morning’s Gazette is the first printed on our new Goss Community offset press. It’s also the first to be printed on the Island in the familiar South Summer street shop since January 31, when we abandoned the hot metal-letterpress printing process in use at the Gazette for half a century. Since then the paper has been printed for us by commercial printers in Arlington.

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A Technology Is Phased Out
Henry Beetle Hough

From 1846 when the Vineyard Gazette was founded by Edgar Marchant until 1920 the paper was printed from movable types, first invented in China in some unestablished background of the past, and invented independently by Gutenberg in Europe in the mid-15th Century.

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Next Week in Your Gazette: New Ways to Do the Old Job
Douglas Cabral

James and Sally Fulton Reston, publishers of the Gazette, have announced plans to replace the paper’s traditional hot metal letterpress printing machinery with modern photocomposition equipment and a web offset press. Next Friday’s Gazette will be typeset and printed by the new method.

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Vineyard Gazette Is Under New Ownership
Vineyard Gazette

Transfer of ownership of the Vineyard Gazette to Mr. and Mrs. James Reston—James and Sally Reston, as their names will appear at the masthead of the paper—was completed on Saturday, following the announcement of the change made on March 22. Mr. Reston is associate editor of the New York Times and Mrs. Reston is on the staff of that newspaper.

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The New Machine
Vineyard Gazette

All of the photographs in this edition of the Gazette and many of those last week were made into halftone engravings right in the Gazette office on a Fairchild Cadet Scan-A-Graver. The machine was installed last Tuesday by Harrison Morgan and Robert Freeman of the Fairchild Graphic Equipment Corp., and Mr. Morgan stayed on the Island through Wednesday to instruct staff members in its use, and Mr. Freeman was back this week to give further instruction.

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A Mechanical Marvel to Help Out Black Gang
Vineyard Gazette

A new Linotype bearing the technical name of Blue Streak Master Model 31 was erected in the office of the Vineyard Gazette last week, a mechanical marvel whose weight of a little more than two tons is helping to keep the maple flooring from warping. As indicated last week it got into production in time to help out with the Jan. 7 edition.

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Erects New Machine
Vineyard Gazette
Albert Brazis, a friendly and good-natured representative of the Mergenthaler Linotype Co., has been with the Gazette gang this week, engaged in the erection of a new linotype machine, and under his competent guidance this newest of typesetting marvels, awaited for more than two years since it was ordered, inaugurated its Island career in time to help out with this edition.
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