It was 1984 – I was transitioning from the 10th to the 11th grade.
We were meatheads, quasi Jocks wanting to pay High School Football. In the small town I grew up in, Highschool was considered 11th and 12th grade only.
The lower school was called Mid High and was never to be confused with “High School”.
It was summertime two-a-days for football. We went at 0700hrs in the morning and returned to the gridiron at 1800hrs.
Two practices a day. Like two sessions in Hell – more like it. I grew up in Southern New Mexico – so hence the “hell” reference. As we heard, more often than not, “It’s a dry heat…” – Yes it was and it was horrible 🙂
We hadn’t picked our electives yet for the 11th grade. The assistant coach came to us “meatheads” and told all of us to take Typing with Ms. Smith as our elective in the 11th grade.
So us brainiacs sat around, after we heard the instructions, as we started to hydrate, and contemplated the coach’s request.
We opined it was an issue with increasing tactile feeling and dexterity. (being able to catch the ball, grab an opponent’s uniform and those types of things, better)
It wasn’t after my Senior year, and at the conclusion of my second year of typing class (advanced), that I figured it out.
The Coach was dating the typing instructor and she was sure to pass us Meatheads!
I learned a valuable skill and when I joined the LAPD in 1990 – many could not type. It would take 15+ years til the officers, who could type, were the majority.
Thanks Coach Williams and I’m glad you made the suggestion to us “meatheads”.
Signed MeatHead MacIvor