Flashback to the mid-1980s, when this pilot fish starts working for a small computer reseller — and he’s issued one questionable piece of equipment

“It was a Genicom dot-matrix printer with a deep gash in the metal casing,” says fish. “Printers were expensive in those days, and it worked just fine, so I didn’t care that it was slightly disfigured.

“But eventually I found out how it had come by its scar.”

It seems that a year or two earlier, Barney — one of the company’s two partners and also the only salesman — was driving his van to the other side of the state to do a sales demo. But Barney was overworked and very tired — tired enough to nod off at the wheel.

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