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A Wise Man Once Said....
"I bought an approved scheme of the noble art
and mystery of stenography (which cost me ten and six
pence); and plunged into a sea of perplexity that
brought me, in a few weeks, to the confines of
distraction. The changes that were rung upon dots, which
in such a position meant such a thing, and in such
another position something else, entirely different;
the wonderful vagaries that were played by circles; the
unaccountable consequences that resulted from marks like
flies' legs; the tremendous effects of a curve in a
wrong place; not only troubled my waking hours, but
reappeared before me in my sleep."
-Charles Dickens, "David Copperfield"
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BE THE MIRACLE
A federal court reporter was taking the testimony of a neuropsychologist who was discussing the complexity of the human brain. This is what he said:
Neuropsychologist: May I give an example of this?
Neuropsychologist: Okay. If you look -- and the example is this: Our brains are a miracle. Okay. They're a miracle that needs to be protected. And if you look at the court reporter right now, as an example, okay, this is a miracle in progress happening right before your eyes.
Let me just explain what she needs to do. I am speaking, so the information has to come in through her ear into her temporal lobe, and it has to go log itself into the language center. She has to be able to comprehend what I'm saying.
Then it has to get rerouted to the prefrontal cortex where it has to hold -- she has to be able to hold the information, because, you know, I continuously talk so she has to hold it. Right? Then she has to analyze it, integrate it and synthesize it. Then it has to go back to the cerebellum and she has to be able to execute this, and she has to be able to then convert my words into those little squiggly marks. Have you ever seen court reporters have little squiggly language things?
So she has to convert it into a different language, and the white matter tracks allows her to reroute all of this information simultaneously without effort. Okay.
We take our brains for granted. She's sitting here. I'm probably talking too fast for her, but she's able to do this simultaneously. Seamlessly. Okay.
No animal on the planet can do this. All right. That's why I believe court reporters will never be replaced. Because no technical -- no technology could replace the beauty of that brain and the miracle of that brain. And that's why your brain should always be protected and you should take care of it.
It takes a special brain to be a court reporter.
Click here to watch Mark Kislingbury, Dee Boenau, Stan Sakai, Kathryn Thomas, Diane Kraynak and Kathy Cortopossi in their quest to reach 400 words a minute in an upcoming documentary
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Brief History of Our History - Machine Shorthand
Machine shorthand can be traced back to 1910 when Ward Stone Ireland developed a typing machine that would print several letters, even a whole word, at one stroke of the keyboard.
Ward Stone Ireland, an American inventor, is considered to be the 'father' of the modern shorthand machine. While using a typewriter, he saw the immense potential of a machine that would print several letters, even a whole word, at one stroke of the keyboard. After several years of experimenting with different keyboards, in 1910 he patented a machine and established the Universal Stenotype Company, which manufactured the machine, and also trained teachers in the use of the machine shorthand system.
In 1914, the company's management decided to enter some of the students in the National Shorthand Reporters Association speedwriting championships. Nine teenagers (aged 15 to 19) competed with 30 experienced pen-writing court reporters. These young people captured nearly all the honours in speed tests of 150, 200, 220 and 280 words a minute.
The most famous Court and Parliamentary Reporter is Charles Dickens (1812-70), the distinguished British novelist. Dickens documented his career in the British Courts and Parliaments in his novel, David Copperfield, which was largely auto-biographical. His struggle and exhilaration in mastering the theory of pen shorthand are recorded in his letters, now published.
Another famous reporting career worth noting is that of the American pioneer reporter, Walter Heironimus, who was a member of the machine reporting team at the Lindbergh baby kidnapping trial in 1933. He became the first official court reporter in the New Jersey courts to use machine shorthand, and, possibly, he was the first official reporter in the United States to do so.
In recent times, machine shorthand reporters were seen in the televised O.J. Simpson murder trial in the mid 1990s, and appear today in the television news reporting many Australian and international government tribunals, court proceedings, Royal Commissions, even politicians’ Press Conferences, as well as captioning the Sydney Olympic Games telecasts for hearing-impaired viewers
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