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The Tom Hanks Typewriter Saga

What a fun week! I suspected the Tom Hanks podcast would do well, but it has seriously blown up in a way that shouldn’t have surprised me, given what an amazing fellow Tom is. You guys have been SUPER nice and it makes me proud beyond words of the Phone Radio thing we make, as one delightful listener’s son called it. Not to get all mushy, but yesterday (Oct 8th) was my 9th anniversary of “Hey I’m probably not someone who should be allowed to put alcohol into their bodies so I better knock this shit off,” so the posting of this episode on that day was a wonderful celebration of that decision and all of the good/exciting things that have followed it.

The idea to send Tom a vintage typewriter actually came from one of our genius talent bookers, Ashley (who formerly booked for Conan and who now deserves chocolates and foot massages every day). I decided the best way to go about this was to type out the invitation on said typewriter, leave it in the carriage and send the whole thing in a pretty box. We found a snazzy 1934 Smith Corona portable, in good shape and fully functional:

Place letter in typewriter, roll, close case, send:

And this was the letter I wrote:

Dear Tom,

Please accept this typewriter–o–gram as a formal invitation to be a a guest on my wildly-popular-with-the-kids Nerdist Podcast. It is a super relaxed, fun chat that will probably cover comedy, NASA, and whatever else you want to talk about — a new WEBSERIES, perhaps?? We are nice guys who are easy to get along with and have never murdered anyone. Other guests have included folks like your son Colin, Tina Fey, Conan, Jimmy Fallon, Bryan Cranston, John Lithgow, Willem Dafoe, JJ Abrams, Neil Patrick Harris, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Joel McHale, Jon Hamm, and THE MUPPETS. It would be an absolute dream come true to add you to this list. Please accept this 1934 Smith Corona as a gift for even considering this request. It should only VERY SLIGHTLY affect your decision.

Hugs and high fives,

Chris “Vintage Typewriters” Hardwick

And this was the response:

Dear Chris, Ashley, and all the diabolical genuies at Nerdist Industries.

Just who do you think you are to try to briibe me into an appearance on your
’thing’ with this gift of the most fantastic Cornona Silent typewriter made in 1934?

You are out of your minds if you think… that I… wow, this thing has great action…
and this deep crimson color… Wait! I’m not so shallow as to… and it types nearly

I will have my people contact yours and work out some kind of interview process…

Damn you all to hell,
Tom Hanks

PEOPLE REALLY WIN ON MTV!!! Wait–that’s not what I meant to say. But this is still one of the greatest things I’ve gotten to do and I appreciate the shit out of it. Tom Hanks is a glimmering example of what every person who is fortunate enough to live his/her dreams should aspire to be and will definitely sit atop my pantheon of role models in fashionable yet not-too-revealing Zeus robes. /fanboy

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  1. Carly reeves says:

    Did u know you sent him the typewriter Tom’s birthday? 🙂

  2. Veronica says:

    I just recently discovered your amazing podcasts! I ride the DC metro to work everyday-listening to your funny, entertaining, and brilliant show…laughing out loud all the way!!!! Yes, people stare but it’s ok cause I am in Nerdist Heaven!! Thank you for helping me pass the time….

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  4. Bruce Browning says:

    I have a collection of antique typewriters.
    I was employed at the Smith Corona Plant in 1948.
    In Toronto Ont. at 136 Front St.East.
    I moved to Bulmer Typewriter Co. Windsor Ont.
    as service manager in 1953.

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  6. Dennis Kay says:

    I have a 1896 Fox typewriter if anyone might be interested?

  7. Emma Hill says:

    Appreciating this from across the pond.

  8. Paige says:

    I am going to start closing all my letters with “Damn you all to Hell.”

    How charming.

  9. Keith says:

    @JetpackBlues, that Steampunker/Datamancer can rejoice, though, for GeekAndSundry found a replacement for the typewriter foolishly squandered on the great Tom Hanks:

  10. Jeffrey says:

    Um. Of course the podcast thing might be tricky.

  11. jeffrey churchill says:

    That was great! Two months ago my computer died and I seriously considered trying to locate a typewriter; it is considerably cheaper and in the end, probably more entertaining. Technology that does not consistently work well is over-rated. I’m pleased Mr. Hanks sees it my way.

  12. robin says:

    That is so awesome! After seeing Tom’s letter I really can’t wait to listen!

  13. Victoria says:

    JESUS that is a gorgeous typewriter. Puts mine to shame. So glad you guys were able to make this happen!

  14. Matt Grandis says:

    @JetpackBlues: True, if I wasn’t dead inside already, I would have died a little. I’ve been looking for a good typewriter to convert into a keyboard for years, but have never found one that I really like. Now the Smith Corona … *sigh*

    Btw, October 8th was my birthday. Why didn’t I get a typewriter?! I’m disappointed, internet.

  15. Ross says:

    What Fascinating Mr Spock said. I’m glad someone as good-hearted as you & the gang got to experience this. Not that it would have helped, but if I’d been there when you announced to the staff that Hanks had agreed(and answered right in the spirit of the invitation), I would have told you to stop worrying & go look at his talk show appearances. He was even so engaging & relaxed for his “Inside the Actors’ Studio” interview, he kept Lipton from being such a pompous windbag(mostly–the guy can’t help it).

  16. Fascinating Mr. Spock says:

    Glad this blew up for you guys. I hope it leads to much more of the same. Engaging conversation with charming guests never grows old.