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Fingers Fly at Court-
Reporting Championships

Wall Street Journal, by Zusha Elinson

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Posted By:Hazymac, 8/20/2014 2:16:01 PM

SAN FRANCISCO—The most famous court reporter in the country, Mark Kislingbury, calmly rested his hands on his keyboard. Around him, more than three dozen other stenographers also readied themselves for the 2014 national court-reporting championships, held last month in a hotel conference room here. The "Olympics of court reporting," as it is often called, kicked off with a speech, read at precisely 200 words a minute. The stenographers´ fingers began to fly. Onlookers, numbering fewer than the contestants, didn´t cheer. In fact, they were completely silent, though some made typing motions in a sort of "air court reporting" to see

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You might remember that after Rush Limbaugh went deaf--and before he told his audeince about his deafness--he "listened" to his callers via a stenotype machine. Now we learn that there is a competition among stenographers of the National Court Reporters Association, and that one is called the Michael Jordan of the stenotype. "Quirky," as Mel Brooks called it. Or was that "kinky"? As the stenographer joke goes: "Does ´anal retentive´ have a hyphen?" :)

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: linkay6, 8/20/2014 3:16:03 PM     (No. 9973900)

I always wanted to be a court reporter but never pursued it. I think it would be an interesting career.

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