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February 19, 2017

Typesetter’s cabinet on the TV show “The Big Bang Theory”

Filed under: TV shows, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 1:03 pm

Update:

I just saw a Big Bang Theory episode where it was mentioned that the cabinet that is shown on the show is a library card cabinet. When I was a student at the University of Missouri, the college library had a cabinet that is just like the one on The Big Bang Theory. So it turns out that this is a library cabinet where cards about the books in the library were stored.

Continue reading my original post:

A few days ago, I watched a rerun of the very first episode of the TV show named “The Big Bang Theory”. The show takes place in an apartment that was first occupied by Sheldon Cooper.  Then Leonard Hoffstetter becomes Sheldon’s room mate after passing a test, where he answers Sheldon’s  science questions correctly.

In the very first episode, the furniture in Sheldon’s apartment consisted of two folding lawn chairs and a coffee table made from something which I am not able to identify. In the background, there is a chest of drawers, which I believe is a typesetter’s chest.

There are tiny drawers in the chest, that used to be filled with type, which was formerly used to set type for a newspaper. I know this because I used to live in a small town that had a newspaper that was actually set in type by hand, one letter at a time.

My next door neighbor was the editor of the newspaper. When I was 12 years old, she took me to visit the newspaper office where she used to set the type for the town newspaper. In her newspaper office was a chest of drawers like the one that is shown on The Big Bang TV show. This was my introduction to the newspaper business and I decided, then and there, that I wanted to be a newspaper editor some day.

Fortunately, I lived only 45 miles from the University of Missouri which had the only university in the world, at that time, which had a School of Journalism. As the saying goes, the rest is history. I actually took a class in typesetting by hand, at the University of Missouri.

But to get back to The Big Bang TV show, the typesetter’s drawers are never mentioned on the show. I would like to know the story behind the drawers, and why they are never mentioned on the show.

9 Comments »

  1. No apostrophe needed in that case.

    As for The Big Bang Theory I love it and have watched most episodes. For a show that is totally driven by jews in Hollywood surprisingly I haven’t heard anything mentioned about the holocaust, save for a couple of references by Amy Farrah Fowler and Howard Wolowitz banging on about how special the jews are.

    Like you I started in a newspaper office just at the end of hot metal type and the start of computer generated galleys and paste up. We too had old typeface boxes and large cabinets, they fetch an absolute fortune now.

    Comment by MrB — February 19, 2017 @ 11:52 pm

  2. Did you learn about greengrocer’s plurals in journalism school?

    Comment by Jett Rucker — February 19, 2017 @ 2:47 pm

    • You wrote: “Did you learn about greengrocer’s plurals in journalism school?”

      No, I did not learn that in Journalism school. I looked it up and found this definition:
      “An apostrophe used incorrectly to form the plural of a noun through ignorance of the use of the apostrophe.”

      What I did learn in Journalism school was to check everything. One mistake and you got an F on a paper that you wrote.  

      Comment by furtherglory — February 19, 2017 @ 3:01 pm

      • FG wrote: “What I did learn in Journalism school was to check everything. One mistake and you got an F on a paper that you wrote.”

        You could definitely not remain a Holocaust believer forever. You were educated in skepticism and verification. You were doomed to ‘Holocaust denial,’ soon or late, regardless of your efforts to remain a respectable person (i.e. a careless Holocaust believer)…

        Comment by hermie — February 19, 2017 @ 4:56 pm

      • Check the third word in your post.

        Comment by Jett Rucker — February 19, 2017 @ 5:31 pm

        • A nice example of a greengrocer’s plural, it seems…

          Comment by hermie — February 19, 2017 @ 5:40 pm

        • Thank you very much for telling me about this error. It is 7 a.m. where I live and I usually write my blog posts when I am barely awake.

          Comment by furtherglory — February 20, 2017 @ 7:08 am

          • Your work is terrific. If I could help you improve its grammatical integrity, I’d be very glad to. Such attributes bear SO much on our credibility.

            Comment by Jett Rucker — February 20, 2017 @ 3:10 pm

            • You wrote: “f I could help you improve its grammatical integrity, I’d be very glad to.”

              You just ended a sentence with a preposition.

              Comment by furtherglory — February 21, 2017 @ 9:06 am


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