Secretaries Plan Keyboard Olympic

Article excerpt

Secretaries no longer type _ they "keyboard" their messages.

That's part of the changing world of business and its changing vocabulary.

The main reason secretaries no longer type could be that it is difficult to find an old-fashioned typewriter, or any other kind of typewriter, in many offices today. They have been shuffled off to the storeroom, or worse yet, to the typewriter beyond, wherever that is, never to "klack" again.

They have been shoved out by the word processor, computer, memory machine or whatever other mystical name it may be called, depending upon the brand.

The typing contest that had been traditional in most communities during Professional Secretaries Week the past half century has been canceled this year in Oklahoma City, and probably is gone forever.

It has been replaced by "The Great Keyboard Olympics," by the Oklahoma City Chapter of Professional Secretaries International, said Charlene Ferris, a secretary at Boatmen's First National Bank of Oklahoma and Professional Secretaries Week chairwoman for the chapter.

"Due to the changes secretaries have made, it was just out of character to participate in a type-off contest," she said. "It just didn't fit anymore. That is not the image a secretary has today." That was the way Ferris and a couple of other professional secretaries described the change in the contest.

The chapter and the Sheraton Century Center are co-sponsors of "The Great Keyboard Olympics" from 11 a.m. through 1 p.m. daily this week through Friday in the lobby of the Sheraton Century Center, she said. …