I Want Bunny Watson’s Job in “Desk Set”

April 25, 2008

Hepburn fixes the computer with her hairpin. Move over Macgiver

Desk Set (1957) is a great comedy starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. In the film, Hepburn plays the role of Bunny Watson– the lead researcher for a large media company. Bunny and her small team would take calls from the various company departments (PR, Product Development, Design, etc) with a variety of requests/questions from, “Name Santa’s Reindeer” to “What is the total tonnage of the planet Earth?”

In the mix- Spencer comes on the scene as efficiency expert and brings in…  (insert big music here)… A COMPUTER distributing pink slips and bad information to the media company’s staff. (Wow- 1957… not much has changed in 50 years!)


Bunny and her team served as researchers and librarians with fabulous style and charm. They were smart women with resources and confidence.  Everything they research not only support the company- but increases their own knowledge as well (ok, some is trivial, but that is really the best stuff.)Just Fabulous!!

This is a great job! Although I fear that in today’s strange word, a person would need a PhD in Library Sciences just to get the interview. Ugggh.

Why is this a dream job for me?

Although I have never had a research job, I love digging for clues and piecing together the answer. I love the research process and tapping into resources and people to find the answers.

I love packaging the results and applying them to improve X, Y and Z.

Oh, and have some excessive trivia and nonsence in my brain.