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Interview #938: Sykes, Marguerite (June, 2009)

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00:16:51 - 00:18:37 Travel

travel, conferences, computers, technology, Technical Association for Pulp and Paper Industry

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LB

So did your job then take you away from here?

MS

For conferences, yes, and there were quite a few that I was able to go to and usually to make a presentation, but not always. Also, we had a lot of opportunities for training here at the Lab. We went from---I guess this is one thing that was very dramatically different---at one point in my early years here the computer meant key punch and then the cards were read on campus for the computer system they had there. And then we got to the point of everybody doing their own typing and eventually had their own computer. We had very good training courses to teach you how to use the computer for which I am very thankful now because I still use it a lot and so many people my age don't know how to operate a computer and are very happily anyway. This was a real plus.

LB

So what sort of places did you end up traveling to, and what were the conferences that you went to?

MS

They all were really pulp and paper kinds, well I guess one was environmental, but they were all sponsored by TAPPI, the Technical Association for Pulp and Paper Industry. We had them in different places different years so it was Atlanta several times, New Orleans, San Diego, Boston. I guess I had a course at North Carolina State and went to Canada one time for a presentation, those are the ones I can remember right now---Chicago.

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