Back in the day a good keypunch operator didn't need letters on the thing. They stared at what they were inputting and the keyboard was simply a blur. My father would modify IBM 029s by swapping a couple pulleys to make them run faster in order to keep up with the best clerks. Only worked until the machine had some wear on it. After that swap it back and give that machine to someone of average skills. :-)

Me I'm much closer to the Columbus method: "Search and discover." :-)

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On 8/9/2016 12:59 PM, Rob Berendt wrote:
I work with a gal who used to run a keypunch. And I swear if there was a
drop down for every letter in the alphabet she'd use that now instead of
typing. Frustrates me to no end. And she'd be lost if she couldn't see
the letters on the keyboard (which is really frustrating to a 10 finger

Rob Berendt

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