Tom Hanks reportedly gifted a Massachusetts family a typewriter from his personal collection after they wrote him about his documentary, 'California Typewriter.
Kelcie Willis, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
A family in Wellesley, Massachusetts, was so inspired by actor Tom Hanks’s documentary on typewriters that it wrote the actor a letter to ask for a vintage one. To the family’s surprise, he agreed.
According to The Swellesley Report, Nick de Peyster, his wife, Julia, and their kids saw “California Typewriter” four months ago. The documentary looks at the beloved but increasingly obsolete device through interviews with historians and collectors -- including Hanks and singer-songwriter John Mayer.
“He said, ‘Don't change the ribbon. It adds character,’” Julia de Peyster, 53, told CNN.
Hanks himself signed the typewriter, which The Swellesly Report said Nick and Julia de Peyster hope will encourage their 12- and 16-year-old sons to stay in touch with adults they meet without their instruction.
Hanks, who is typically private about his charitable deeds, did not respond to CNN’s requests to his representatives for confirmation on the gift.