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Northeastern gallery displays typewriters of the famous and infamous

Posted by Your Town  September 5, 2013 03:21 PM

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BOSTON (AP) — Typewriters that belonged to notable 20th century people are on display in a Northeastern University gallery.

Machines once owned by Tennessee Williams, Ernest Hemingway, John Lennon, Jack Kevorkian, and ‘‘Unabomber’’ Theodore Kaczynski are among those in the exhibit.

The collection is owned by Steve Soboroff, a California businessman whose daughter is a Northeastern undergraduate.

It includes writings that former owners typed on the machines, including an excerpt from Williams’ play ‘‘The Glass Menagerie.’’

Also included is a letter in which Kevorkian lobbies for allowing Death Row inmates to donate their organs upon execution.

Campus curator Bruce Ployer says the exhibit provides a glimpse into the lives of the typewriters’ former owners.

The gallery is hosting a reception Thursday. The exhibit will be open until Sept. 25.

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