By Sara Jerome - 08/24/10 06:17 PM EDT
"I had this special know-how of how to use the computer for typing," Klobuchar said.
No slouchy skill "a decade before these freshman were born," Klobuchar noted.
"I remember, this is a true story, being one of the first non-computer geeks to learn the labyrinth of the Yale computer center," she said.
Three days in computer training and a mile-long walk to the computer lab each day allowed Klobuchar to finish her senior essay ahead of her peers.
Which provided time to launch a tech start-up.
In perhaps a near-miss for the next Microsoft or IBM, Klobuchar said she "embarked on this career because I had this special know-how," and began charging other students to type up their essays.
Not a money-maker, she found, but the problem may have been cost structure.
"One dollar per page," Klobuchar said. "Not so lucrative."