Science: Bit Talk

The U.S. would probably be the first to arrive on the moon, said a paper-weary executive at San Diego's Convair-Astronautics plant, if it just climbed there on IBM cards. To combat the problem of swollen documents and varicose office memos, Convair-Astronautics Communications Manager Charles T. Newton circulated one of his own (which Convairites promptly proceeded to ignore). Excerpts:

"One responsibility Communication Department: provide rest of Astronautics assistance improving ability transmit information one person to another. Therefore this experiment to improve memos originated Communication Department. If this experiment success in Communication, possibility adoption throughout Astronautics.

"All memoranda inside company, originated by Communication, written...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!