Retired Washingtonian editor Jack Limpert blogs about the good old noisy days, when typewriters and teletype printers, ringing phones and plenty of loud profanity gave character to newsrooms that today are more like insurance offices. "In the old days, when you walked into a newsroom, people said hello, gossiped, laughed. Now hardly anyone looks up from their screen... In the old days, the telephones always were ringing. In my last years as a full-time magazine editor, I’d sometimes go an entire day without the phone ringing—a couple of hundred emails but no calls. And now there’s not nearly enough walking around. Why walk over to talk with someone when you can dash off an email?"