Thursday, August 16, 2007

Frank McGurrin, a court stenographer in Salt Lake City, challenged Louis Taub, a Cincinnati typing teacher who claimed to be the fastest typist in the world. McGurrin had taught himself a 10-finger method for using his Remington. Taub used a more widely accepted four-finger method to produce typewritten documents on his Caligraph, a machine with one set of keys for upper-case letters and another for lower case. -- "Early Salt Laker's Typewriter Role is Chronicled", Deseret News, 141st Year, No.200 (December 31, 1990), p.B2, l.1.

His name was Louis Traub, not Taub, as your Deseret News reported hundred years ago:

A typewriting contest took place here yesterday, between Frank E. McGurrin, of Salt Lake, and Louis Traub, of Cincinnati. The time occupied was one hour and thirty minutes, in which the report of the judges says McGurrin scored 8700 words and Traub 6938 words, half from dictation and half from manuscript. -- "Typewriting Contest", The Deseret News, Vol.XXXVII, No.29 (August 1, 1888), p.1, l.4.

Once you reported his name as "Louis Traub", and why now you report as "Louis Taub"?


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