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Yes, I agree, during the 50s I had no trouble reading anything, these days everything is harder to read. What happened to the world? I've given up trying to read the crawl during ball games. The solution: everything, including autographs, should be twice as big. (Maybe three times.)
Nobody born after ~1980 knows how to write.
I was born before 1980 and have horrible penmanship. I can sign my name fine, but you can pretty much just read the W and two Ls in William, the H for my middle name, and after the S to start my last name it's more or less chaos. I have to sign a lot of checks at work, so I get a lot of practice, but I really don't see any reason to change it now.
I slowed it down, simplified it, and basically just wrote my first initial joined to my surname, large and very clear.
I'd venture to guess that everything is typed these days.
The worst signature is Willie Mays. Not because it's unusually illegible, but because he so often writes it upside down, sideways, or any way other than in the normal upright position. I handled about a dozen autographed Say, Hey!s when I had my book shop, and only one of them was signed upright**. It's hard not to believe that this isn't a deliberate act of contempt on his part, or at best complete indifference.
My sister teaches in a poor inner-city school and even there they give all the kids laptops now.
Is teaching cursive a worthwhile endeavor?
I cross my Z's, (and #### the stupid cursive Z)
ron kittle was by far the neatest i ever saw.
What is the point? It was always stupid. "Let's have two types of writing, one easy to read and one hard to read, and basically the only time we'll require you to use the hard-to-read one is when you're putting your name on especially important documents."
After the 1981 season, Topps came out with a baseball card set that included player autographs. Most of those were illegible.
If I take notes, it's in block capitals. It often ends in sore fingers and wrist if I have to write for more than 5 minutes.
Why would this be an act of contempt? I don't mean that ########, just curious. My guess is that a lot of these things gets signed in a rush and it's grab-sign-return then move onto the next one. Were I in that situation I wouldn't be spending time orienting the book/paper/whatever I'd just scrawl my name and go. I guess I should concede that maybe I'm an ass though.
The neatest autographed book I've got is John Steadman's 1958 history of the Baltimore Colts,
I blame my horrible penmanship on my left-handedness.
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