May 31, 1994 |
Penn Wood High School senior Elizabeth Swinehart is part of a shrinking minority. The 18-year-old is one of only five business majors in a high school of more than 900 students - and she takes dictation. Swinehart's Speedwriting 2 teacher, Joan Myers, said the small number was a sign of the times. "When I graduated from Springfield High School in 1969, women went on to become either nurses, teachers or secretaries," Myers said. "Now, hardly anyone aspires to be a secretary.
February 9, 1999 |
In the 1970s, when the walls at Ridley High School were decorated with success stories of graduating senior business majors, the photographs of students who had excelled at Secretarial Procedures and Shorthand I and II were placed next to the names of their future employers. Twenty years later, Susan Gatchell, who now teaches at Garnet Valley, says those courses have been replaced with technology and public-speaking classes, filled with students planning on education beyond 12th grade.
July 2, 1993 |
BOSTON A KENNEDY WEDS A 'GUILFORD FOUR' Mary Courtney Kennedy, daughter of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, has married an Irish activist who is free on bail while appealing his conviction in the murder of a British soldier. Kennedy was married June 26 in a private ceremony at sea to Paul Michael Hill of Belfast, Northern Ireland, her family announced yesterday. Hill was one of the "Guildford Four" wrongfully convicted in the 1974 IRA bombings of pubs in Guildford and Woolwich, and co-author of the book "Stolen Years," about his 16-year imprisonment.
March 6, 2007
After seeing advertisements in The Inquirer for luxury condos in the former N.W. Ayer & Son building on Washington Square West, I started to reminisce about the five wonderful years I spent working at that advertising agency. Immediately after graduating from Upper Darby High School, Class of 1957, I was employed by N.W. Ayer as a stenographer in the the 10th-floor steno pool. I loved shorthand and typing in school, and always had an interest in writing. Miss Fairchild was our supervisor as well as Mr. Cecil's private secretary.
April 29, 1991 |
Prescriptions for the betterment of U.S. math education have been offered by everyone from Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander down to Mr. Logarithm at PS 101. Although their recommendations - combined with some elements of President Bush's new education plan and significant increases in federal expenditures - could indeed raise math awareness, exploding five crippling misconceptions would be almost as therapeutic. MATH IS COMPUTATION. Mathematics has as much to do with computation as writing has to do with typing.
March 20, 2011 |
Scoring average, down. Assists, up. Wild shots, down. Smart passes, up. Frustrating losses, down. Championship victories, up. That's the shorthand on Isaiah Morton's senior season at St. Augustine Prep. The 5-foot-8 guard broadened his game, played with greater control, and involved more of his teammates in the offense. He still rose up in big moments, and that's why he is The Inquirer's South Jersey Player of the Year in boys' basketball. But the shorthand doesn't tell the whole story of Morton's progress from an eighth-grade phenom new to South Jersey to the senior leader of the only area team to win a state title this season.
January 30, 2009 |
For a film boasting the title New in Town , the Renée Zellweger comedy about a corporate executive from sunny Miami sent to snowy Minnesota to downsize a food-manufacturing plant, is awfully familiar. If it feels like a retread of Sweet Home Alabama , that's because one of its screenwriters, C. Jay Cox, penned that script. Still, there are welcome - if intermittent - laughs in this tropical-fish-out-of-water story released as counterprogramming for Super Bowl weekend. Most of the chuckles are elicited by supporting players Siobhan Fallon and J.K. Simmons as crusty Scandinavian- and German Americans who populate the tightly bound, loose-lipped community of New Ulm (actually shot in Winnipeg, Manitoba)
May 29, 2010 |
CHICAGO - The shorthand on the Stanley Cup Finals matchup is partly right. Flyers? Great story. Blackhawks? Great team. The Flyers' trek from coaching change to last-ditch playoff berth to uber-comeback against Boston to Game 1 of the Finals has been a terrific sports story. It had everything: star power, suspense, rallying from the brink of elimination, dramatic returns from serious injuries. The shorthand isn't wrong about these Blackhawks, either. They are a very good young hockey team that raised its level of play to sweep the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference finals.
May 17, 1998 |
Professor Dick Blood was the curmudgeon of Columbia's graduate school of journalism. Years later, his emphatic words still echo in my head. "You have to eat the meal! You have to eat - the - meal!" A hard-nosed former city editor with a thirst for detail, Blood was insisting to our class that a story about a soup kitchen would not be complete until we had stood in line and eaten our fill. "How does it taste?" he thundered. "It's called reporting, reporting, reporting!
November 15, 2005 |
As Amber Alerts were flashing on highway signs and police throughout the eastern United States were on the lookout, teenagers in Kara Beth Borden's neighborhoods - geographic and cyber - were following the news with broadband speed. "I HEARD A GUN SHOT! I'M KINDA FREAKED!" a girl who identified herself as Samantha Peters and said she knew Borden wrote on her Web site Sunday morning. In adolescent Web shorthand, misspellings and impromptu forms of punctuation, they blogged onward.