Banks Petersen (person)
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It was Laftom who inspired Banks to excel in the field of dictatorship. Banks practiced his craft day and night with the help of shorthand expert Gertrude Morganstern, in the basement of his parents' home, until he was able to accurately dictate 1309 words per minute.
Dizzy from their success at the Mexico City, the pair of Petersen and Modesto appeared at dictation competitions around the world. They toured almost constantly between 1968 and 1971, returning home only at Christmas and Thanksgiving.
By early 1972, the stress of competitive dictation had taken its toll. Banks ruled himself out of the 1972 Olympic Games, which were held in Munich, Germany, because of laryngitis. His voice recovered in time for him to be named captain of the team that won gold for the US at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Quebec.
Banks immediately retired from competitive dictation, citing health problems as the reason for his departure from the sport. The downward spiral had begun. Banks began using more dangerous and addictive drugs such as Anticol, Fisherman's Friends and Strepsils.
Banks Petersen died on the toilet in his retirement villa. He is survived by his "friend" Omar Akmed, whom he met on a trip to Wal Mart in the 1970s.