|Similar to the typewriter my parents owned.|
But I, my friends, had typing class in high school--and, like my FB friend, I have realized over the years that it has been the most enduringly useful of all my high school classes. I thought there was a picture in one of our old Hiram High School yearbooks of our typing class, but I just looked--and found nothing. Oh well. I did find a picture of our teacher, though--Miss DeAngelis. (She was also the advisor for the school paper--I was a staff member (who liked to mess around in class--can you imagine?), and here's what she wrote on this picture in my yearbook: We've had fun working on the paper this year. Who knows, next year we may work! Best wishes to a cooperative young man. "Cooperative"--I like that.)
my high-school typing teacher
My mother had taught my older brother, Richard, to type, and he was a whiz--and I don't think he took typing in high school; he certainly didn't need to. By the time I was a high school junior, Richard, three years older, was attending Hiram College (and living at home), and one of my sonic/pneumatic memories of that year was hearing him up at the crack of dawn typing a paper that was due later that day. (His room was right next to mine; the sound traveled with great ease from his typewriter to my sleeping ears.) I say "typing a paper"; well, he was also simultaneously composing the paper (oh, did I hate him for that ability!), a skill that served him well in his decades as a journalist (he was the music critic for the Boston Globe for years).
Anyway, I deeply resented the pounding sounds from next door--and, worse, the ringing bell that announced the typist was nearing the end of a line. My sleep was precious to me in those days. I had perfected the art of sleeping soundly until the very last possible moment I needed to get up, clean up, eat up, head out. So thuds and bells were not exactly welcome to me a couple of hours before I needed to arise.
(Computers have extended this, by the way, making it far worse for me. It's so easy to make changes that I sometimes have a dozen or more drafts for speeches I'm going to deliver--a half-dozen drafts of book reviews--countless drafts of books I've written ... mounds of book drafts.)
Okay, about that high school class ...
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