I enjoyed your piece about the good ol’ (bad ol’?) days of Xacto knives, electric erasers, little bits of paper and glue.
I started with music preparation — parts, scores, orchestration in the late ’60s — same thing; with special music notation ink pens. Until a workable notation program came along: Finale. Maybe in the mid-90s.
We did everything by hand, and the place I worked at, Life Line Music, did TV and film score music prep for large orchestra. It was truly amazing the amount of labor.
It’s still tedious now, but much simpler, I imagine like setting up a newspaper. I appreciate the memories.