NRRL Launches New Program To Convince Libraries to Purchase Mimeograph Machines

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NEWINGSTEAD, VT – The National Radio Retransmission Legion (NRRL) is launching a new program designed to encourage young people to enter the ham radio hobby.

“We’ve got to capture the imaginations of these young people – who have grown up with technology like smartphones and tablets – and get’em hooked on ham radio,” says NRRL interim CEO Larry Kelley.*

Thanks to a large donation from the Edison Electric Lamp and Amberola Company, the NRRL will begin selling mimeograph machines to colleges, libraries, private schools and literally any other organization that wants to purchase one.

At a lunch hour press event with finger sandwiches and melon slices, NRRL President Bill Gilligan emphasized, “Our hope is that organizations purchasing these mimeographs will make copies of amateur radio periodicals – observing applicable copyrights, of course – and make them available to interested young folk. Perhaps they’ll read them at the drive-in or sock-hop.”

Reporters at the event remarked that organizations would need to make time-consuming mimeograph stencils of all documents prior to printing and copying. NRRL leadership encouraged each other to Google this for discussion at future Board of Directors meeting.

Dubbed “Campaign 2020 – Plant Yesterday’s Technology For the Future Today, the machines will be available through NRRL at a cost of $475 each. Interested parties may act now and get 10 gallons of lovely smelling mimeograph ink for 50% off.

“Crank phonographs for Morse practice and NRRL branded telegraph card stock are also available!” exclaimed Gilligan.**

Hotlines are open to take your phone call and explain what a mimeograph machine is.

*Editorial Note: Kelley recently took over for the former CEO, Bob Michaels, who simply disappeared one day.

**Editorial Note: Despite two years of restructure, turnover and general confusion at the NRRL, Gilligan remains president of the organization, though even the Board of Directors was unaware that he was still on the payroll.

Photo courtesy Queensland Museum – Own work, CC BY 3.0,

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