The keynote speaker, apparently a last minute replacement for the chap who was scheduled to be the keynote speaker, was the senior senator from New York, Charles Schumer. He was a confident and reasonably entertaining speaker. Mostly he talked about himself, not terribly surprising for a US senator.
He told us that his first job was operating a mimeograph machine in a very small, closed room. I think this may explain a lot. If you’re old enough to remember mimeographs, you probably know what I mean.
I am, and I do, though I had more space available. One of my Army duties was schlepping recently-cut orders, many of which I’d had to type myself, up to the Forms Room, a metal building about the size of a two-car garage which held at least one copy of every DA form from 1 to 2496 and maybe some others, where resided an offset press and a mimeograph. The mimeo was a lot less messy, but the offset produced better copy, and on cold days generated almost enough heat to take the chill off the place.
However, I must point out that the mimeograph didn’t produce much in the way of mind-altering fumes, unlike its cousin the Ditto machine, which was revered in places like, say, Ridgemont High; which means that there must be some other explanation for Chuck Schumer.