Typing Class - 1967
Typing Class Is Another Story Altogether.

It’s 1967 – You’re A Teenager – You Live In Motor City – You Have Boss Radio – You Also Have Typing Class

Typing Class - 1967

Typing Class Was Another Story Altogether.

CKLW – Detroit – Tom Shannon program – November 17, 1967 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

Funny – no matter where you go or what city you wind up in, things always seem just a little bit of the same everywhere. Maybe the weather is different, but school is the same. Take Typing class for example. It was an elective no matter where you went – you could take Typing or you could take Home Ec – you could take Wood Shop or Auto Shop – Band or Art. And even though you can’t think of a good reason to take Home Ec, you really couldn’t think of a good reason to take typing. You don’t type – you’ve never typed a letter in your life, and you don’t plan to. In 1967 taking a Typing class meant you were going to be a Secretary – and if you were a guy, being a Secretary didn’t even enter the equation – not in 1967 – maybe in a few years, but not this one.

So you flip a coin and go for Home Ec. But for some reason, all the classes are filled and all you have left is Typing. Your counsellor tells you Typing is good for lots of things – and you freely admit, your handwriting is a notch above illegible – you are signed up for Typing every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00 for the next semester.

The other thing; Radio is starting to sound the same everywhere. You spent the Summer with your cousins in L.A. and they had KHJ; Boss Radio. Here in Detroit, it’s CKLW but it’s Boss Radio too. Could it be some sort of plot? You wonder.

Whatever it is, radio isn’t sounding quite the same as it did a year ago at this time. Maybe you’re getting older and your taste is changing. A couple of your friends went to San Francisco over the summer and got turned on to this FM station and the music was amazing. Something’s happening and you aren’t quite sure what it is.

But for now you’re wondering if you’re ever going to use Typing for anything in your lifetime.

For a taste of what Boss Radio in Detroit was sounding like – here’s a sample of CKLW-AM and The Tom Shannon Show from November 17, 1968.

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5 Responses

  1. Robert Illes says:

    Typing class I took in “junior high” (aka middle school) in Los Angeles in the 60’s. It was probably the most practical class I ever took (I did become a professional writer). Also useful working on the school paper, doing class papers, etc. My father was in the printing business and he’d always bring typewriters home – I got to be very very fast with my one one finger method, before taking the typing class. I love the pics of the blindfolded students LOL! The closest we came to that in typing class was using a typewriter with no letters or numbers indicated on the keys. Thanks Gordy!

    • gordonskene says:

      I didn’t think it would have any value at all until I went to work as a Music Journalist – and eventually a screenwriter and eventually a novelist. You just never know what changes your life. Kind of like Steve Jobs stuck taking a class in Calligraphy – had no idea why until it came time to design the Apple logo.

  2. Paul Redbeard says:

    Excellent to hear! Many thanks, Paul

  3. Dave Williams says:

    Great stuff!

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