CLINTON, Mich. — A 94-year-old woman has shared her memories of her work as a stenographer with the FBI back in the J. Edgar Hoover days.
The Detroit News (http://detne.ws/2dAsuxm ) reported that Jean Fisher was joined in her Clinton Township home by family members and David Gelios, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Detroit office.
“This is such a thrill for me to come and spend a little time with you here today,” Gelios told Fisher. “This is a privilege.”
During Gelios’ visit with Fisher he presented her with a coffee mug, baseball cap and T-shirt with the FBI’s logo.
Fisher reminisced and said she still had the telegram the FBI sent to her in 1941, offering her a job as a stenographer. She took the position in Washington, D.C., where she earned about $1,400 annually.
“I took all kinds of reports, I typed them and I took shorthand,” Fisher said. “Everyone was always so nice and we worked so hard.”
She said she remembers working long hours and filling in as a secretary for J. Edgar Hoover, the bureau’s first director.
“He was strict,” Fisher said. “That’s what I remember about him. And he was a good-looking guy.”
Fisher lives with her daughter, Maureen Sinnamon, who said the family was always proud of Fisher’s FBI career.
“We grew up with all of her stories,” she said. “She’s so proud of having worked for the FBI. She had other jobs, but that one is the highlight.”
Fisher resigned in 1946 after having her third child.
Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/