The Case of the Kmart Blue Light Special Electric Typewriter that was the Key to My Career

Lee Hansen By Lee Hansen, 7th Sep 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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When I received a failing grade in my college typing class, my father took matters in his hands. He saw my potential and did something to improve my skills.

Who Knew Typing Was So Hard?

When I graduated from high school, I attended a community college. While there I majored in office-related subjects and business courses. One of the required courses was Typing 101.

At that time the classrooms were filled with electric typewriters, which was a far cry from the manual ones that I was somewhat familiar with. Often I would stay late working in the student typing lab trying desperately to get my pitiful typing speed up. At that time I'm certain I wasn't typing 30 wpm.

I can still hear the instructor saying, "a,s,d,f, j,k.l". Were those considered the home keys? I had the hardest time placing my hands properly over the keys. It was just horrific.

An "F" Was Not an Acceptable Grade

After the first semester I was devastated when I received an "F" grade. But my father came to the rescue. Kmart was one of his favorite places to shop. So we got in the car and it just happened that Kmart was having a blue light special on electric typewriters. It was cobalt blue in color with a black plastic carrying case. After thoroughly looking it over we decided this would work for me.

Improvement Made

While I continued to be a regular attendee in the typing lab, I was also feverishly practicing on my own at home. Progress was being made. When the next grading period came around I received a more acceptable "C". By the end of the year I made a "B".

Years later the technology world was revived with the introduction of personal and desktop computers for consumer use. I didn't get one until 25 years ago.

Still Brings Us Laughter Today

My father and I still laugh at that Kmart blue light special electric typewriter. It has only been within the last 7 years or so that I have gotten rid of it. Learning to type has opened up new opportunities for career growth and even to being a contributor here at Wikinut.

Isn't it interesting how things turn out for the best after all? Maybe that "F" was a blessing in disguise.

Credit: Pictures from Wikimedia Commons


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author avatar Lee Hansen
As a breast cancer survivor I have learned to take time to smell the roses in life. I love sharing my passion of reading to children. My pages will be on various topics.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
8th Sep 2014 (#)

Powerful everyday "life lesson" are the thread beautifully woven throughout your uplifting pages...I so enjoy the reading thanks Lee...:0)

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author avatar Lee Hansen
8th Sep 2014 (#)

D you don't know how much I appreciate your kind words.

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author avatar Retired
8th Sep 2014 (#)

What a wonderful story of your experience, determination, and willingness, Lee. Your dad was a gem! Once again, you evoke sweet memories.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
8th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks Susan. My dad is really something special and I love him dearly.

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author avatar Bill Harbin Jr
11th Sep 2014 (#)

This brings back good memories. My grandmother left me her electric typewriter after she died and I had a book published in 1985 that I typed on it and dedicated the book to her.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
11th Sep 2014 (#)

Bill what a great way to hold her in your memory. Glad for the memories it evoked.

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