Great comments, Bill. I think starting right out of the gate with an electronic keyer and paddles will work for most, if they give it a shot. I didn't have that option in 1965 as keyers were fairly rare; although the W9TO circuit was in the Handbook, and when I finally built one in 1966, I never went back to any other kind of key. At that time not many keyer paddles were around, but the "Vibro Keyer" was (from Vibroplex), so I used those. They're not great but it's what was available. But I still think it pays to know how to use a straight key, even if it's very rarely used. Touching two wires together works also, and this might be handy one day. I think we found that even blinking one's eyes to send Morse might be helpful in some cases, if you recall that story.