Stephen Fry couldn’t look like Johannes Gutenberg

Stored on the hard disk of our DVD player are numerous documentaries that we have recorded over the last three or four years and not yet watched. Today I dipped in and cleared out Stephen Fry and the Gutenberg Press (12/Feb/09).

During the programme I learned one thing and laughed heartily at another:

  1. Vellum was originally made from the skin of a calf. There are vegetable-based versions now.
  2. No one knows what Gutenberg looked like. Or, as Stephen put it, …

Perhaps he looked like you. Or me. Unlikely. He would have been burned if he’d looked like me.

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