|Dorothye G. Scott: Administrative Assistant to the Senate Democratic Secretary and to the Secretary of the Senate (1945-1977)|
“They just sat there and gathered dust.”
In her interview with Senate historian Donald Ritchie, Scott discusses how Senate staff responded to computers being introduced to the Senate offices in the 1970s.
SCOTT: IBM had a seminar and Marilyn Courtot who worked with us wanted some people to go to it out in Germantown. We went out there, and I remember Gail Martin, who was Stan Kimmitt's secretary, was there. Marilyn Courtot was in our outer office, and she was getting computers into senators' offices. Frankly, I'll never forget when she brought the order in for a computer for every senator's office. I said, "Marilyn do you really think they are going to use them?" As it was, a lot of them never even used them. They didn't have anyone to operate them in those days. They just sat there and gathered dust. But we got them anyway.
But this was a little seminar that some of us attended. A lot of people felt it was a waste of time. I remember Dwight Galt from the Daily Digest went with us, and Dr. Riddick, and a lot of people like that who felt all this business about computers had nothing to do with their work at all! And yet we had to go. Dwight Galt said our attendance had "nothing to do with the price of potatoes in Peoria."