In its March 9, 1959, edition, LIFE magazine covered an unusual event which "turned the tables", as it were. It was the "Bosses Typing Contest" at the Denver Chapter of the National Secretaries' Association's 11th annual "executive's night" dinner party, given by 215 members for their bosses at the Brown Palace Hotel. This series of photographs was taken for LIFE by Hikaru Carl Iwasaki. Secretaries dictated letters to five executives (who had won "door prizes"), and the bosses had 10 minutes to attempt to transcribe the letters on Underwood Golden Touch Documentor electric typewriters. "Why don't we sit on their laps?" asked Robert Downing, who still got to collect the winner's prize, despite his sexist remark.
And the winner is, Robert Downing ...
Winner Robert Downing
Downing gets a pat on the pate from his secretary "boss" Jan Knoop
Presentation by Denver chapter president Jo MaddenAnother typewriter-related photo by Iwasaki, from 1945, shows US Army corporal Minoru Yoshida of Honolulu, hospitalised at the Dibble General Hospital, Menlo Park, California, talking with Mrs Jack Epstein, a member of the public relations staff of the hospital.