If you’re a receptionist, secretary or personal assistant being showered with gifts and offers for lunch today, you can thank Harry F. Klemfuss of Young and Rubicam. It was this young businessman who recognized the importance of the office secretary role, beginning the honourable Executive Admin’s Day in 1952 as an official national recognition of this. Gifts range from flowers to cards including gift certificates, candy and lunch dates – and however you choose to celebrate Executive Admin’s Day, make sure you don’t forget to enter into the EuroMillions, US Powerball and UK Lottery for your chance at the €68 million, $150 million and £6.7 million jackpots up for grabs!
In celebration of Executive Admin’s Day we are showcasing some of history’s most loved and loathed secretaries. Some of these receptionists deserve an entire Powerball or EuroMillions jackpot for the sheer dedication they have demonstrated during delicate times. Betty Currie was one such example, secretary to Bill Clinton and personal shield for Monica Lewinsky during their affair, ringing up the White House intern so calls couldn’t be traced back to the president’s phone, sneaking Lewinsky into the president’s private study and finally removing gifts Clinton bestowed upon her.
Another example this utter devotion is found in the Watergate case of the 60s/70s. Rosemary Woods, secretary to President Nixon during the time gave plenty of comic fodder when it was revealed she “accidentally” erased crucial evidence taped for the Watergate investigation. Her name has since been associated with implausible defence.
And if we’re talking plausible defence, then Erin Brockovich is the perfect example – the historic event made such an impact, Universal Studios produced a film rendition of the real-life mêlée between a local woman and an industrial polluter which grossed $28.1 million in its opening weekend! That’s like winning two UK Lottery jackpots worth £6.7 million at once!
Just as Erin Brockovich knew how to make a moving speech, so too did the Texan founder of the National Women’s Political Caucus Liz Carpenter. Press secretary to Lady Bird Johnson, she made history books when called upon to write the speech President Johnson gave at Andrews Air Force Base after returning from Dallas with John F. Kennedy’s body.
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And what would an appreciation of secretaries be without the inclusion of some film-famous administrative people? Of course the first that pops into our heads is Miss Moneypenny from the infamous series of James Bond films, a recurring character that played secretary to M. Three separate actresses played the role, with Lois Maxwell being the first and appearing in a total of 14 Bond films.
But long before the flirty Bond films secretary Miss Moneypenny, Effie appeared as secretary to Dashiell Hammett’s PI Sam Spade, keeping the investigation on track. The PI’s investigative shows were broadcast on radio and television at the time.
And our final fictional secretary is the ever graceful Pepper Potts, secretary to Iron Man. She is utterly dedicated to her boss, and it’s this demonstration of loyalty and hard work that eventually lands her the CEO position of Stark Industries.
Though fictional, Pepper Potts is the perfect example of the power a secretary can possess! And you too can possess the power if you play the US Powerball lottery online today and win the mammoth $150 million jackpot!