In the swinging sixties
while completing a degree
for a library career I
attended night school classes.

each week we practised touch
typing with keyboards hidden
under black bibs anchored
round our necks and typewriters
by solid black elastic.
We tapped keys in time to the
teacher’ calling “a” space “a”
space – on to a-s-d-f”, to speed
tests for words per minute.

Then I practised nightly at
home on a huge “Imperial”.

Rejected by the library course
I went on to teacher training
with a smart little portable
for assignments and planning,
later replaced with that miracle
– the electric typewriter –  .

Twenty years after my night
classes cam an extraordinary
invention on which I had to
learn word processing ……
…… computers ! ……

In serial monogamy I have gone
through three computers, for
at a certain age they fail.

The last one died because its
“on” switch could not work
or be repaired. !  digital death !

Previously posted July 2017.


6 thoughts on “Keyboards

    1. It is helpful but I did not use it for a long time and now find that although I remember the fingering I sometimes have to look at the keyboard. Still my typing teacher would never know after all these years.

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  1. My mother wanted me to learn how to touch type when I was 15 but I refused to comply — I viewed it as a girl thing to do and instead I wanted to be a scientist or a manager with a secretary to do the typing. I became both, but each then required me to type!

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    1. I was never urged to learn to type, and attended a secondary school where commercial courses were not available. But I worked as a student assistant at our main library while at school and university and realised it would be very useful in a library – where I then failed to get into the training course.

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      1. Our graduate course had been easy to get into back in the 1960’s. until we had a minor job recession in 1968/9, which was when I applied. In fact I decided over time that I would stick with teaching, being out in the community with people more real than the graduate librarians I knew back in the 1960’s.

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