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about our realtime theory textbook and its development.

The authors Alan Roberts and John Walsh were successful court
reporters who discovered a need for court reporters in New Jersey and
established the Roberts/Walsh Business Schools.

As court reporters, they knew how to write for the machine, how to teach
people the theory, but they wanted a way to present the theory in written
form in  a way that was easy to learn.

At the same time, the industry was changing.  Court reporters began
using computers for translating their notes.  The theory that worked well
for them when they were reading their notes had to be altered for ease of
computer translation.

To help them, they contacted the guru of this new founded technology,
Pat O’Neill.  Pat O’Neill was both a CSR and computer programmer.  He
was also the founder of one of the first computer-aided transcription
companies, TomCAT.  He was the person who had all the answers
regarding how to effectively use the technology to transcribe court
reporters’ notes.

The authors sought his aide and that of Jean Gonzalez, an educator and
specialist in learning technologies, to produce the theory book published
originally by John Wiley and Sons, Publishers and later by Prentice Hall,
Publishers known as the Roberts, Walsh, Gonzalez theory book.  The

Ms. Gonzalez augmented the talents of the others in this illustrious group
with her own unique background.  She was invited to participate in the
creation of the materials for a number of reasons.

She had already published a number of successful textbooks for John Wiley and
Sons and other publishers on a myriad of subjects.  She had studied
Instructional Technology at the University of Southern California and
held a M.A. degree from Kent State University in English and a B.A.
degree in English and Philosophy from the University of Scranton.

She held teaching credentials to teach at the California Community
Colleges in English, Office Technologies, and Computer Technology.  In
addition, she had taught machine shorthand at National College of
Business in Rapid City, South Dakota and was currently teaching it in the
court reporting program at Cypress College.

Having taught the skill, she painstaking developed the presentation in a
way that would be easy for a novice to learn.  She then applied her
knowledge of cyclical patterns used in the traditional manual shorthand
methods to arrive at the end result — a theory methodology that does not
discourage people from learning the skill.

When Mr. Stan Whitley, owner of South Coast College, implemented the
theory, he was amazed at how well his students progressed in theory and
then later through speeds.  When he retired, he invited Ms. Gonzalez to
become one of the owners of South Coast College.

Ms. Gonzalez is currently the President of South Coast College, one of
the leading producers of court reporters in California, yet she decided to
once again teach theory at the school.  She is committed to producing
court reporters in the most expeditious manner.