About Utah: Thanks to Mount Jordan Junior High teacher, Mr. Densley

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    June 11, 2013 4:19 p.m.

    I took type from Mr. Densley in 8th grade (1980-81) and have fond memories of that class! I not only took type 2, I type type 3 and 4 at Alta High School. I got a two-year secretarial certificate at USU before getting my bachelor's degree in business education and am now a keyboarding teacher myself.

    The first day of class Mr. Densley complimented me on my posture, and it made me feel so good. I was one of the fastest typists and spent quite a bit of time at the back of the room on the IBM Selectric (electric) typewriters. I finished that class typing 70 wpm and still have the certificate he gave me, typed on a typewriter in red ink. I have an old manual typewriter in my classroom, and my kids think it's quite a novelty. I tell them it wasn't nearly as fun when we had to actually TYPE on them :-)

    Thank you for the great post and the trip down memory lane. I hope Mr. Densley reads these responses and can see how much I appreciate that first typing class I had from him!

  • utahprincipal801 Sandy, UT
    June 10, 2013 10:56 p.m.

    Probably one of the most important classes I took in high school. Took my little portable typewriter to college and my roomates and I used it. Clear through two graduate degrees, I don't think I would have survived without it.

  • Zadruga Guy West Jordan, UT
    June 10, 2013 12:29 p.m.

    The typing classes I took in High School in California DEFINITELY proved useful to me getting the job I have now. And like Lee Benson, I was about the only boy in Typing II.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2013 9:09 a.m.

    With the references to Vietnam, the draft and the benefits of learning to type, I was taken back to the days of my own youth (it appears Steve and I are contemporaries) and caused to consider something I had not before. That is, how acquiring the capacity for touch typing, starting with a seemingly inconsequential choice to take a High School elective typing class, affected my entire life.

    In my case, rather than following the advice of a wise mentor, I enrolled after struggling my whole life with difficult to read handwriting and being somewhat mesmerized by watching an older sister quickly produce beautiful written school reports as she blazed away on a typewriter.

    Gaining the skill of touch typing certainly affected my career choice as a software engineer and consequently, my life. I was able to pound out code a lot faster than my pick-typing colleagues when I started my career in the early 80's.

    Of course, that status changed pretty quickly, with typing classes spewing out hoards of touch typists, when it became clear by the late 80's that knowing how to type on a keyboard was a vital skill in the age of computers.