The Press: Prodigious Pen

For years. Jack Romagna, a civil servant who works in Washington, suffered from a recurrent nightmare. In his dream Romagna sat at the elbow of the President of the U.S., transcribing in shorthand a presidential address. But for some reason. Romagna's pen moved without leaving a mark. And as the President talked on, his unrecorded words were lost forever.

The dream no longer disturbs Jack Romagna's repose. After 20 years as the White House shorthand reporter, dealing with everything from Franklin D. Roosevelt's stutter (in search of the right word) to John F....

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