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?