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
typewriter.

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
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
mistakes.

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.
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, or TV shows
like Kolchak: The Night Stalker
. This brought us 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.
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
wallpaper.
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Bill's commentary:
Plywood Paneling
Happy Hour MIXOLOGY: 44 Famous Mixed Drinks, a
pamphlet published in 1971 by Southern Comfort
Corporation, St. Louis, MO.  Below: Detail shows paneling.
Darren McGavin as Kolchak