The story behind Tom Hanks' visit to a Goodlettsville typewriter shop

Posted at 5:19 AM, May 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-30 06:19:26-04

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Last week, Kirk Jackson was in the middle of eating a messy barbecue meal when his phone rang.

"It was from a number I didn't recognize, so you know it happens, but I was in the process of eating barbecue so that comes first," Jackson said, laughing.

Jackson is glad he returned the call.

Jackson runs a typewriter sales and repair shop, Nashville Typewriter. He started pursuing that full-time after his other jobs dried up during the pandemic.

The typewriter enthusiast community is a relatively small one, but its most famous member -- is in a league of his own: Tom Hanks.

So Jackson set out to type a letter to Hanks, and a couple of months later he got a response, saying he'd stop by the next time he was in Nashville.

That letter, led last week, to the call.

When Jackson called back, Hanks himself answered, and they set up a time to meet at the typewriter shop this week.

"He's such a nice unassuming guy, he's got no pretense, he's not acting like a diva or anything," Jackson said. "He was asking about my wife's life, career, asking about my son's school and what he does."

Tom even put in a couple of orders with Kirk.

"It's really great to meet your heroes and for them to exceed your expectations," Jackson said.