The temping period lasted nearly as long as the recession, and since there was often little to do at my temp jobs - I was often assigned to executives who had been "decommissioned" and had little to do themselves - I was able to complete a large number of unpublished short stories to go with my two unpublished novels.
By the end of 1991, however, economic conditions had improved, and I was back in the journalism business. Dow Jones, the owner of the Wall Street Journal, ran what was then called a proprietary wire service.
Our clients were financial traders, each of whom had a special teletype machine installed in their offices, tapping out our stories onto long rolls of paper.
There were different wires for different interests - a corporate wire, a foreign exchange wire, an oil wire. We had teletypes of all of them going in our headquarters, and the noise was enough to burst your eardrums.