Sometimes by accident, I find out that someone learned the Roberts/Walsh/Gonzalez theory.  After seeing Kathy DiLorenzo do a magnificant display of her writing talents at a seminar, I approached her to tell her how great she was. Before I could say anything, she had seen my name tag and said, “I write your theory.” 

Years later she wrote to me in an email how difficult it was for her to get a job in captioning at first because the theory was so far ahead of its time in recognizing the realtime distinctions that had to be made that it was foreign to people in the industry.  I attribute that forsight not to my contributions but to my co-authors Alan Roberts and John Walsh and to the genius of Pat O’Neill.  In fact, I never think of the theory as being “my theory.”  It is their theory that I formatted into a textbook.

Kathy DiLorenzo went on to write that even though she almost was not hired at the captioning company where she applied because of how different her theory was, she was eventually hired and became one of the first of the nine who were hired with her to go on the air.  The reason was the theory that she had learned.  She went on to tell me that the theory had served her well.

I always like to hear comments from people who have learned the theory and invite any users of the Roberts/Walsh/Gonzalez theory to send me a comment.