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Tapping into old tech: Typewriters make a comeback 

Analog typewriters faded away from offices years ago, seemingly rendered obsolete by the digital revolution – but a new generation is tapping into the old technology."Now the people using typewriters, they're a different group, and they love their typewriters," says Bill Wahl, a third-generation repairman at the Mesa Typewriter Exchange in Arizona. "In the last few years, I've had more and more

Analog typewriters faded away from offices years ago, seemingly rendered obsolete by the digital revolution – but a new generation is tapping into the old technology.

"Now the people using typewriters, they're a different group, and they love their typewriters," says Bill Wahl, a third-generation repairman at the Mesa Typewriter Exchange in Arizona. "In the last few years, I've had more and more interest among younger people."

High-school classes are using the machines as a way to help students concentrate on their communication. High-profile writers are adding a fresh coolness factor to the retro gizmos. Some enthusiasts are even organizing "type-ins" to show off their mad finger skillz.

Watch NBC's Stephanie Gosk take part in a type-off for "Nightly News" – and then hear more about the benefits of typewriters in the classroom, from English teacher Ryan Adney and his students at Alhambra High School in Phoenix: