From Chapter Two:

Glenda Wells tried to tell herself there was no reason to be afraid, alone in the semi-darkened room, a
plywood-paneled writer's study filled with mementos of the man's life and work. A collection of puzzle boxes
from all over the world, books, journals, a small model of Stonehenge, the requisite human skull, and on the
writer's desk, an IBM Selectric typewriter.
I wanted to capture a certain 1970’s ambiance in Olsen Archer’s
study, specifically the wood-paneled walls and the IBM Selectric

Introduced on the 1960s, the IBM Selectric typewriter replaced
the standard type bars with a single round, golf ball-sized
printing element, which had the letters, numbers, and other
symbols embossed into it. As you were typing, the round
element moved while the carriage remained fixed. The printing
“balls” were available in many fonts. The later models
Above: Judy Lang and Roger Perry in Count Yorga, Vampire (1970,
Erica Productions, Inc.,  
MGM Home Entertainment; originally
distributed in the U.S. by American International Pictures).
When my father built additional rooms onto our house,
my brother and I got our own separate bedrooms,
complete with plywood paneling that looked like the
same kind we saw in B movies like
Count Yorga,
Vampire and Dracula VS. Frankenstein. This
precipitated the realization that we didn't need Gothic
movie sets to make our own amateur Super 8 horror
movies. Classic monsters now lurked in the 20th Century.
included correction ribbon, which seemed like a luxury to me in the
seventies, especially during those "all-nighters" when a college
assignment was due the next day and the only
alternative to
rewriting an entire page was slathering Liquid Paper over

In the eighties, when I worked at the Independent Life Insurance
Company, my supervisor allowed me to stay after work and use
one the company’s IBM Selectrics to type college papers. This is
also where I began writing
Time Adjusters. One of my dreams as a
writer was to own one of these state-of-the-art machines, not
realizing at the time that computers and word processing
programs would render them obsolete.
Look through most any middle-class family photo album,
high school yearbook, or church directory from the 1970s
and you will know that the use of wood paneling became
popular during that era as an alternative to paint or
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Above: Wood paneling at the police station in Al Adamson's
notoriously cheesy
Dracula VS. Frankenstein (1971)
Bill's commentary:
Plywood Paneling
Above: Two television movies, The Night Stalker (1972) and The
Night Strangler
(1973), resulted in the television series Kolchak:
The Night Stalker (ABC
1974–1975) starred Darren McGavin as a
newspaper reporter who investigated paranormal crimes.
Happy Hour MIXOLOGY: 44 Famous Mixed Drinks, a
pamphlet published in 1971 by Southern Comfort
Corporation, St. Louis, MO.  Below: Detail shows paneling.
Opening credits for
The Rockford Files,
1974 - 1980,
NBC Television,
Roy Huggins-Public Arts
Universal Television