RE: Status of the Technical Writer

Subject: RE: Status of the Technical Writer
From: rebecca_hopkins -at- comcast -dot- net (Rebecca Hopkins)
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 08 Jun 2007 22:01:37 +0000

Yves JEAUROND wrote:
> If you look for books about technical writing before the 1950s,
> technical writing is mostly secretarial: neat typing, mailings,
> how to grease a typewriter. and so on. Akin to a scientist/technician pairing.
> The scientist used a chalkboard, a tape recorder and scribbled notes;
> his secretary, and the printer got the pubs going.
> Have things changed that much?

Back in the 50's, my mother worked for a large scientific research firm in Boston. She wrote the company newsletter. She was a secretary.

She used to have lunch with a woman who had advance degrees in physics, wore a white coat and worked in the lab. She was also a secretary.

That's how things have changed.
Rebecca Hopkins

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