Max Neuman, ’16
“Trisha” Photocopy Toshiba 456-E, better known simply as “Trisha” or “The Copy Machine,” passed away from unknown causes on May 1. She had been suffering from internal complications and work-related injuries.
During her tenure at BHSEC, which lasted slightly over a year, Ms. 456-E made a profound impact on many aspects of BHSEC life. As a workhorse for textbooks, she adapted seamlessly however the book was placed inside her scanning alcove. Handling jobs daily for subjects from ninth grade physics to college creative writing earned her a wide reputation. Recalling her abilities, close friend Matthew Antezzo of the tenth grade said, “She was so talented. She could do anything you asked. Double siding, stapling.” Longtime co-worker Professor Meghann Walk also noted “Most people would be surprised to learn she could also scan.”
In addition to her traditional roles as a duplicator of paper documents, Trisha was an able worker for the cause of stapling documents with power and precision for students. Ms. Walk also pointed out Trisha’s advocacy for the rights of machines. “Student abuse has caused many deaths for Trisha,” she noted. BHSEC’s machines have often faced the blows of unhappy clients, a trend that Trisha found deplorable. She tirelessly lead machines in uncoordinated strikes, which may have simply been spontaneous shutdowns. Due to Ms. 456-E’s tight-lipped attitude concerning her leadership of the guerilla movement, known by some as Machines Against Rage, and the staunch muteness of all other machines on the matter, nothing else is known about Ms. 456-E’s involvement in the deep-set machine resistance.
Trisha’s death was awash in symbolism. When her body was being born from her home on the fourth floor, Mr. Antezzo caught a last glimpse of her body and its characteristic nametag. Hoping to keep the nametag as a memento of the happy times, Mr. Antezzo reached to take it, but Ms. 456-E was taken away, leaving the nametag torn in two. Mr. Antezzo says the torn label represents BHSEC’s devastation at the loss of Ms. 456-E.
Ms. 456-E was replaced in the library by a machine named “Brenda” Photocopier Toshiba 456-E, no relation. When Mr. Antezzo made the ceremonial inaugural print using Ms. Brenda 456-E, he elected to print a sign reading “Trisha lives on.” In printing the sign, however, the new machine jammed. Ms. Walk clarified that Ms. Brenda 456-E’s problem was due to a setting error.
The deceased, however, was renowned for her “forgiveness,” according to Ms. Walk. Ms. Trisha 456-E was exceptionally capable of adapting to various jobs, regardless of settings. Although it is evident that Trisha 456-E cannot be truly replaced, her indelible influence remains a part of all BHSEC students. Her deteriorating condition brought grief to everyone, and her final departure, though inevitable, was shocking and saddening. Ms. Walk mused that the deceased may yet live on in her “parts and pieces or in some other school,” providing the community with hope that the printing visionary is somehow still present. Mr. Antezzo advised people to “not move on, but just keep going.”