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The Personal Printing Revolution That Never Happened

Print-at-home newspapers are just one of many predictions that didn’t come true. A look at the history of the future of personal printing…

The year is 2020, and your morning newspaper is ringing. You take your wake-up telephone call offering the latest tape-recorded hot headlines. If you’re a senior citizen on ‘security alert’ and don’t respond, the newspaper’s vigilant mainframe computer will assume you’re the victim of some mishap and notify the police. Putting down the phone, you retrieve the print portion of the paper from your doorstep—only the sections you’ve requested, of course. The Washington Times, April 5, 1990

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