Why Beloved Actor Tom Hanks Sent a Gift to This Massachusetts Store
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Can you imagine arriving to work on a random Tuesday, opening up your mail and packages, and discovering that the one and only Tom Hanks sent you a personalized gift? Yeah, maybe in the movies.
It happened to a man named Tom Furrier, according to Boston.com. He owns Cambridge Typewriter in Arlington, Massachusetts, and when he opened up a package from Santa Monica, California, he was blown away to find a vintage Olympia SM-4 typewriter signed by Tom Hanks himself. This really needs to be a movie where one day they meet.
Anyway, along with this autographed typewriter was a handwritten note, because of course Tom has class. Actually, this poetically beautiful personalized note is beyond class:
On one hand, you are taking [it] off my shelves and out in the greater world. On the other hand, you are giving me more space and less clutter. On the third (?) hand, you just may be giving this miracle of a machine a fuller, newer life of use.
Tom Hanks actually has a history of giving away typewriters from his collection, according to Boston.com. Tom Furrier said that he has always known this, but never thought he'd be on the receiving end.
According to Far Out, Tom's obsession with typewriters goes so far as owning around 250. According to the London Literature Festival, what thrills him about typewriters is that they are meant to do one thing, and one thing only, so with just a tiny amount of effort and maintenance, they'll virtually work forever.
One more reason to love Tom Hanks.