RE: Back to the Dark Ages.

Subject: RE: Back to the Dark Ages.
From: "Dick Margulis " <margulis -at- mail -dot- fiam -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2002 12:02:26 -0400



>Plus, I second what John Garrison said: I type faster than I write in
>longhand, if it's a lengthy procedure I can get it out faster using a
>keyboard.
>

First job out of college was as a junior copywriter at what was then the world's largest advertising agency. High school and college typing meant Eaton's Corrasable [sp?] Bond and tense hands/arms/shoulders as I tried not to make too many errors. The upside is that I learned to think before I typed and get it pretty close to right on the first draft.

At J. Walter Thompson, though, it worked like this: We writers had old Royal 55s (GREAT machines--I still have one) and were given canary No. 2 sulfite to type on (cheap yellow paper, in other words). Don't like that word? Fine. Overtype it with x's or m's or whatever else you like and move on. Hand the rough copy to a secretary.

That's where I learned to relax as I typed. I got much faster and much more accurate because I didn't have to think about mistakes. Once I passed 50 (years, not WPM), the accuracy bit dropped out; but for a few decades there, I was a pretty good typist.

Still, I much prefer controlling the appearance of the output as I work. Then again, I've been setting type since I was thirteen.

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