It's many years ago, in the days when a top-of-the-line IBM Selectric electronic typewriter is every secretary's dream to have — and this senior secretary is getting one, says an IT pilot fish working there.

"To say the least, she loved it," fish says. "She also lorded it over the other secretaries that didn't have one.

"So one day, someone put one of those Christmas light interrupters on the Selectric's power cord. The senior secretary would type a few words, then the Selectric would die. Then revive. Then die.

"An IBM repairman was dragged out to our site to fix the problem. He thought it was pretty funny — and still charged for the call.

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