In August, I was asked to write a letter of recommendation for a friend who was applying to graduate school at Northwestern University. He found out recently that he was accepted with a scholarship. His whole life is about to change.
I received a package recently from this newly announced grad school bound friend… After curiously unclasping, my eyes landed on a beautiful vintage typewriter. I later came to know that it had been refurbished and repaired to a workable unit. I also came to know that the machine is the same model used by an iconic 20th century novelist known as Ernie to his friends. This gesture is undoubtedly the most thoughtful I have ever known. I will treasure this gift until my last supper.
He may have believed that my letter was a positive influence on those that controlled his fate. However, I still hold the contention that his superlative qualifications were enough to garner that stamp of approval. Nonetheless, congratulations my friend. The west coast is sad to see you go.
Lastly, one of my favorite parts of this gift was the cleverly typed message on the page within the typewriter that read: “Miller, may you channel your inner Hemingway…”