Luxury Secretary Black and White
Bing Crosby sang “White Christmas” on my radio like I did in the morning. It’s mid November and I heard my first Christmas song. It brings back memories of a time when I set some goals to bring the credibility of my business. In the 70s, I thought that if I had a celebrity for a client that would bring credibility to my small Silicon Valley business. At that time I knew three celebrities living near the Silicon Valley area: Bing Crosby, Shirley Temple Black and Tennessee Ernie Ford. Now, if you are under 40, you may have only a vague idea of who these stars are, but they are famous and as popular as other stars today.
My goal is to have one of three celebrities as my client. I put an ad in “Yellow Pages” from the phone book. The timing is right. I just met the deadline because the new phone book will come out about three months. I also started putting up flyers on the bulletin board and announcing my services to the networking groups I attended. That’s all the low-cost marketing knowledge I got back then in my early career. I have a business name that is always interested in business interests that require the work of secretary and printing quickly. It’s called, “Instant! Girl Friday” – A name made before the established women activist group to tell me that this is not a good name to use. However, I got a lot of business because of its name.
The new phone book came out and I started getting several calls a month for a new business. One day a man’s voice came up and asked if I could just type a speech because his wife had to get on a plane within hours. I agree. When I got home, I opened the door, and I was stunned. I know him. “The black master!” I say excitedly. He looked surprised. “You know me?” Charles Black said, looking somewhat puzzled. “Yes,” I said anxiously. “I used to work at Ampex Electronics Corporation at the same time.”
Secretary Black and White
He is a financial executive and often passes through our purchase area to see the purchasing agent. Actually, I did not tell her this, though she probably noticed that every time she walked past the clerk’s mastery area, all the “loud bangs” of the electric typewriter stopped when the ladies saw the dark-haired, dark-haired, Charles Black run through it. It was the beginning of four amazing years of my life as I typed Mrs Shirley Temple Black’s speech on my IBM Selectric © typewriter. Now I can say that I have a celebrity for clients. I rarely see Shirley Temple Black when Charles Black always gives handwriting from Mrs Black’s yellow tablet. However, one day he will hand over the work to me. I am very happy. Now all the neighbors can see my famous client. I told everyone that he was coming.
He arrives … In an old yellow pickup car, his hair is on a curl with a scarf on his head and big sunglasses. Unfortunately, no one can recognize it. I learned from my typed speech that the blacks were silent for the Ambassador to America. They visit many foreign governments that show how the poor can be independent. Mr. Black is an expert in the new field of marine and freshwater aquaculture and as I recall he was an early pioneer in helping foreign countries develop a hatchery for his people. Most importantly, he is his wife’s biggest fan and supports him in everything he does. I find that remarkable for a while in the 60s and 70s where working women usually get little support from men in their lives.
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