Tom Hanks makes good on offer to send Saskatoon man a typewriter
Tom Hanks sent a Saskatoon man a typewriter from his personal collection. (REX/Richard Young)
SASKATOON -- As promised, a self-taught typewriter repair expert in Saskatoon has received a one-of-a-kind parcel in the mail from one of the most recognizable names on the planet.
Thom Cholowski is now the proud owner of a 1940 Remington 7 Noiseless portable typewriter — courtesy of Tom Hanks.
The two began corresponding earlier this year after Cholowski typed and sent Hanks a letter to thank him for his very public admiration for typewriters.
"Through Tom's advocacy, it's gone from being a nostalgic, old fashioned piece of technology to a point where people are taking a second look at these machines and they're really rediscovering the joy and beauty of these wonderful machines," Cholowski told CTV News earlier this month.
Hanks apparently couldn't resist offering a compliment of his own, mailing Cholowski a typewritten response.
"What a privilege it is to type a letter to western Canada's premier typewriter repairman," began the letter addressed to Cholowski, typed on Hanks' own letterhead.
In addition to praise for Cholowski's efforts to keep a vanishing trade alive, the letter also included an offer of a typewriter from Hanks' own extensive collection. An offer Hanks has now made good on.
“It’s a very good machine, immaculate condition,” Cholowski told CTV News.
The typewriter came complete with an original manual and a laminated tag authenticating that it was from the Tom Hanks collection, Cholowski said.
"On the back of the tag is a little sample of the typeface, typed by Mr.Hanks."
When asked about the speculate about the typewriter's value, the answer came easy for Cholowski.
"To me, priceless."
--With files from Pat McKay