Independent from Long Beach, California on January 31, 1960 · Page 105
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 105

Long Beach, California
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Sunday, January 31, 1960
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Treasury Girl Friday Neva Renner is shown with Secretary Robert Anderson. Neva's pet peevei he twists paper clips. BOSS · Try In limit personal interruptions at work. You may win friends-hut you won't influence the boss if you are chatting on personal calls while he is fretting for your attention. · Never blab confidences. Your boss would like you to be alert to office gossip while keeping above it. It helps to know where pressures, influences, and ambitions lie so you can tip him off to matters that may affect him and his career. Tongue-tied Bosses The secretaries in the survey were even more outspoken about the petty defects in their bosses. Their biggest gripeihosses seem strangely tongue-tied about letting the girls know how well they're doing. An ideal boss also should not be u nninibler, grumbler, snapper, snarer, or last-minute rusher. He should not expect his secretary lo have second sight or the knowledge of a quiz contestant (rigged or un-rigged). She also doesn't like being a retriever, expected to fetch and carry every little thing heyond his arm's reach. For bosses who want to drive their secretaries wild, here arc a few simple suggestions taken from their most frequent complaints: · Keep your secretary twiddling her thumbs all afternoon, then present her with a spate of letters five minutes before quitting time. Continued on page 71 'Office marriages' of Washington's top brass: here's what makes them click Herter'i Marian Stilton *- How do the nation's leaders get along with tlieir private secretaries? PARADE found they work long, hard, and efficiently together. There is usually an invisible bond between them; you can sense it in the knowing glances and humorous twinkles they exchange as if sharing some secret joke. The girls in the top secretarial posts are remarkably alike. They are pleasant, attractive, in their late 30s, about 5 feet 5. Most of them have brown hair, their bosses also possess striking similarities. They work hard, dress conservatively, reach the office early, put in a long day, seldom lose their tempers. In the eyes of their secretaries, the nation's leaders are all great men albeit with human idiosyncrasies. Republican National Chairman Thruston Morton often sits on his feet on the chair yogi fashion, confides his secretary Rose Blakely. Sen. Hubert Humphrey, a Democratic presidential contender, keeps vitamin pills all over the office and urges his staff to help themselves. "This may be a throwback to the days when he worked in his father's drugstore," suggests his secretary Violet Williams. House GOP leader Charles Halleck often confesses to his secretary Audrey Cresswell that he's "about as efficient as a man with lockjaw at a pie-eating.contest." When he dictates, he will throw his keys or a pencil back and forth between his hands as if fielding a hot potato. Senate GOP leader Everett Dirksen, to clear his mind, will suddenly drop what he's doing, open a seed catalog, and order some plants. "I guess the thought of growing them on his farm outside Washington relaxes him," suggests his secretary Glee Gomicn. Alia Clary, secretary to Speaker Sam Rayburn for 41 years, says he never leaves the office without announcing, "I think I'll take out" or remarking over his shoulder, "Don't take the skin off my heels." Postmaster General Arthur Summerfield's parting remark, according to his secretary Hattie Traver, is a cheery: "Be careful of the wolves, girls." When tension is high, he relieves the strain by proclaiming with mock solemnity, "This too shall pass" or "Remember the Maine." Interior Secretary Fred Seaton recognizes the storm signals when his secretary Leola Tise marches up with hands on hips. "You got your 'Deutsch' up, Tise," he'll cluck. This will bring an involuntary smile to her lips, and her hands will drop peacefully. Rose Mary Woods, secretary to Vice President Nixon, says he quickly notices a downcast employe and goes out of his way to cheer her up with a personal compliment. "The Boss," as she calls him, "gets impatient with petty little things but is very patient with important matters." Neva Renner, secretary to Treasury Secretary Robert Anderson, and Dorothy Blondheim, Girl Friday to Labor Secretary James Mitchell, report their bosses are paper-clip twisters. Mitchell, a chain smoker, also leaves a trail of partially puffed cigarettes wherever he goes. When Agriculture Secretary Erza Benson takes an afternoon off, he keeps in constant touch with his secretary Elma Ripple by phone. Marian Stilson helps her boss, Secretary of State Christian Herter, follow the baseball results. He's an avid Boston Red Sox .fan. But one thing both bosses and secretaries have in common: they're devoted, dedicated public servants. Senton's Leola Tiie

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