8 January 2021

Published January 6, 2021 by rochellewisoff

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Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count: 100


“I got a boy to raise. I can’t afford to lose this job.” Bette ripped the document from the IBM electric. The bank called it progress, she called it futile. “Doggone unerasable ink. Someone should invent…hmm.”


“Is that paint in the blender?” asked 12-year-old Michael.

Bette took a bottle of the white stuff to work with a small paintbrush. Before she knew it, her coworkers clamored for a bottle. She called her lucrative invention “Mistake-Out.”


“My mom was a dynamo. She built the Liquid Paper Corporation from nothing.” Monkee Michael Nesmith drawled. “All I did was sing and write songs.”


and just for fun…one of the songs Mike Nesmith wrote

85 comments on “8 January 2021

  • Over here we have Tipp-Ex, which interestingly seems to have been invented in Germany about the same time as Mistake-Out. You see where your writing has sent me this morning when I’m supposed to be working! Happy New Year Rochelle, hope you are safe and well! 🙂

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  • I honestly didn’t know that. We used to call it Tipp-ex over here, and what a godsend it was. Provided you waited long enough for it to dry… if you didn’t … well… I always leave your site a little more knowledgeable than when I joined it, Rochelle.

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    • Dear Sandra,

      Apparently, Tipp-ex was invented in Germany about the same time Mr. Nesmith’s mother invented it over here. I was never much of a typist so I’m grateful for Word and such programs where I can copy, paste or backspace. I have used Liquid Paper to “erase” mistakes in pen and ink drawings. Not very good on the nib though. 😉 Thank you for your kind words.




  • I guess as the “intellectual Monkee” he had to get that intellect from someplace! I had no idea that it was Mike Nesmith’s mom who created Liquid Paper. Good for her – I’m sure the deck was stacked against her back in those days. Also good for Mike for recognizing it!

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    • Dear Trent,

      Hmmm…hadn’t thought of him being the intellectual Monkee. She did have the deck stacked against her, but in the end left her son with a fortune. And it sounds like he was a deserving son who made her proud. Thank you for reading and commenting.



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      • That’s funny, because that is how we always talked about him – and yes, it was a slight oxymoron, the intellectual Monkee… But he was the serious one from the start. And, of course, the second pop/rock musician to release a recording of a Moog synthesizer (The Doors beat The Monkees by a week, but many more people saw/heard Mike playing than the Doors)

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  • Dear Rochelle,

    Isn’t it grand when we do a little digging? (Except when it ruins the surprise of a show, of course 😉 ).

    Whether it’s called White Out, Liquid Paper or Tipp-Ex, it’s been a life-saver for more than secretaries – hell, I still use the stuff!

    Thank you for always adding something for me to use in my next game of Trivial Pursuit!

    Shalom and lotsa unmistakable hugs,


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  • I had no idea! I remember using Liquid Paper, and then White-Out. Guess that gives away my age. And I have to say, typing on the computer is sheer joy compared to the “good old days”. when one mistake meant typing the whole page over again!

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    • Dear Linda,

      I’m with you. Computers are a joy. I was never much of a typist. I refused to take secretarial courses in school like my mother wanted me to. So she took it upon herself to teach me to type. For that I’m grateful, but I’d have to own a white out concern if it weren’t for computers. 😉



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  • Soo, that’s where the miracle of Liquid Paper came from! Wow!Can’t say how many gallons it took to get me through typing class in high school (durn crooked fingers!). Great historical piece. Loved it!

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  • I was wondering if anyone remembered the typewriters with a second “white out” tape — just backspace and type over the letters. I loved that it wasn’t as messy as the liquid, but sometimes the tape wasn’t the best quality and you’d get a line of Dalmation spots. The first time I used the “delete” in a word processor program, I shouted Halleluia!

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    • Dear Genia,

      I think many of us were shouting Hallelujah with the invention of the word processor. Most of the time backspace is my friend…except those times when I don’t backspace far enough and end up with some rather bizarre typos. 😉 Thank you for coming by. 😀




  • Happy New Year, Rochelle! I will admit to needing to read this to the end in order to properly understand the beginning. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention. How many pages would have been wasted without that precious stuff? It was useful in school too!

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  • Querida Rochelle,
    Aahhh … memories – lots of memories.
    First of all, I used white-out like mad. I had a summer typing job in which I had no skills and messed up a LOT!!!
    Second, The Monkey’s were my middle daughter’s favorite. She ran home from school to watch them. They were hilarious. Fun info, as always. Great reading on the audio …
    Abrazos y Carino,

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    • Querida Isadora,

      I’m afraid I’d have starved with any kind of typing job. There wasn’t enough white out. 😉 Thank heaven for computers and word processors. 😉

      Funny how the Monkees show has remained popular through the years.

      And thank you so much re my audio. I have a particular reason for doing it these days and it makes me happy to know it comes across well.

      Gracias mi amiga.

      Paz y abrazos,


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      • Querida Rochelle,
        I didn’t have the typing job for long. I was switched to another job. LOLOL

        Whether I watched Thw Monkeys with my girls or not, the laughter I heard always put a smile on my face.

        I read your stories along with your audio and it is enjoyable to hear. At least, for me. You have a soft, clear diction and perfect expressions.

        Que pases el fin de semana bien …
        Abrazos y Carino,
        Be Safe … 😷 🙏🏻 😊
        Isadora 😎


    • Dear James,

      The invention is still in use. I’ve found it handy for covering goofs in pen and ink sketches…although it’s hard on nibs. Always happy to share history. 😉 Thank you for coming along for the read.


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    • Dear Fatima,

      I’ve never used the tape version. Yes, there was inventiveness in that family. In fact, I think I read that she was Mike’s business manager. Although I might be confusing him with another Monkee. 😉 Thank you.




  • Thanks for posting that story, Rochelle. Liquid Paper’s great stuff. When my husband was 10, he had a nasty accident on his bike and flew into the back of a truck I think it was. He had a bottle of liquid paper in his pocket. Needless to say, it was history and made quite a mess.
    Getting the stuff on our expensive school uniforms wasn’t great either.
    Wishing you a Happy New Year btw. Hope you’re okay.
    Best wishes,

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  • Good for Bette Graham. I used so much of that stuff in my early days as a secretary. Thank you for the trip down memory lane, especially the Monkees clip. It took me back and made me smile. And, I, like so many, need more smiles nowadays!! Lovely story, Rochelle.

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