Sir Tom Stoppard: He knows Pitman, never heard of Teeline

Eminent playwright Sir Tom Stoppard has revealed he once learned Pitman shorthand.

The revelation came as he was being interviewed by Jewish Chronicle reporter Karen David after collecting the £40,000 David Cohen prize for literature.

Sir Tom, says Ms David, was paying great attention to her note-taking during their interview.

Turns out, Sir Tom learned Pitman shorthand in the 1950s.He had to have shorthand as his first job was as a reporter at the Western Daily Press.

“Teeline?” he asked Ms David. “I’ve never heard of that one.

“I trained in shorthand and typing in the 1950s. I continue to use Pitmans, but I never really learned to type.”

So there you go. Anybody know of any other famous shorthand writers?

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