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START CROSSING YOUR T'S AND DOTTING YOUR I'S CAREFULLY! NATIONAL HANDWRITING DAY IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER

 START CROSSING YOUR T'S AND DOTTING YOUR I'S CAREFULLY!
 NATIONAL HANDWRITING DAY IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER
 BOSTON, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The 15th annual National Handwriting Day (NHD) observance takes place on Jan. 23, in conjunction with John Hancock's birthday. Sponsored by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association, NHD is an effort to help improve the clarity of the nation's handwriting. Despite this high tech age, people are moving away from computer form letters and returning to handwritten correspondance. A renewed interest in the fountain pen has accompanied this trend and penmanship instructors insist on using them. Experts claim using a fountain pen requires concentration and deliberate strokes, resulting in better handwriting. Waterman, which developed the industry standard for the fountain pen in 1883, supports NHD's efforts to improve the art of personal communication.
 To facilitate story development several resources are available:
 -- Daniel Calendo, member, Association of Master Penmen, teacher of writing and calligraphy
 -- Iris Hatfield, president, HuVista International, Inc. and Human Graphics Center, HuVista aids personnel selection through handwriting analysis. Human Graphics Center, a non-profit organization, is starting a library of mass murders, celebrities and everyday people's handwriting and doodles, for an analysts's reference.
 -- Steven Sikora, editor, The Letter Exchange, a publication connecting 'pen pals'. Over 85,000 contacts have been made through the organization, which advocates personalized correspondence.
 -- Steve Weiderlight, co-owner, The Fountain Pen Hospital, the nation's largest repair center for pens. Steve is also an avid collector with over 1,000 pens, ranging in price from $10 - $100,000.
 -- William L. MacMillan, executive vice president, Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association
 -- Pat Peterson, Write Psychology, Inc., a graphologist specializing in personality analysis and evaluation of handwriting samples for businesses nationwide.
 -- Waterman Pen spokesperson. Waterman, the grand-daddy of all fountain pens, has been used for decades to teach proper handwriting techniques.
 To arrrange interviews or obtain additional information, contact Lisa Jacobson of Agnew, Carter, McCarthy, Inc., 617-437-7722 for Waterman.
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