Bruce Bliven, Jr. offers an interesting chapter on the early history of speed typing contests, and I was hoping to find some film footage on YouTube.1 The earliest I could find is a 1959 contest (and also a trailer for a movie from around the same period, more or less). The Ron “Typewriter” Mingo news footage is fascinating.
1959 contest in Vienna:
Populaire movie trailer:
Ron “Typewriter” Mingo:
Ron “Typewriter” Mingo on Real People:
Post high school, I could type 70 words per minute. I learned the summer after I graduated, intending to become a journalist.2
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