Gregg Notehand

I’m curious to know if anyone else in this group had experience with Gregg Notehand.  It had a short life span (editions were published in 1960 and 1968), and doesn’t get mentioned in descriptions of the different versions of Gregg.

Notehand was my “classroom” introduction to shorthand, in the 1968-69 school year.  It was the first–and only–year the class was offered in my high school, and it was open only to seniors.  I was a junior but signed up anyway, and they let me in.  Notably, the class was about 50/50 male/female, unlike the usual shorthand classes. 
For some reason the Notehand textbook is extremely scarce.  There are a few copies at, but they’re pricey, and it hardly ever appears on e-bay.  I still have my copy from high school (the 1968 edition) and a few years ago I found a used copy of the 1960 edition.

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  1. Hi Alex, Yes! As a psychotherapist I had occasion to find students who were depressed about school studies and I specifically used The Gregg Notehand material to assist them to study the Gregg System and their college texts/lecture notes. All did very well. Some are now PhDs in hospitals working with head trauma and some are psychologists. But most important I had a man in his early 30s who wanted to become a nurse and he credits Gregg Notehand and the study methods he learned with my coaching to his success. I mean it… all were A students. It is wonderful, as is all of John Gregg's systems. Happy Writing, Danny

  2. There were a couple of other interesting "variations" in presentation of the system.  One was the "Gregg Shorthand Junior Manual" that appeared in 1925 and 1927 editions.  This was an attempt to simplify the presentation for students in junior high schools and also for anyone who wanted to learn shorthand for "non-vocational" reasons . . . the introduction says that "only the basic principles" are taught in the 10 lessons.  This book was immediately pre-anniversary, but the format anticipated the size and appearance of the anniversary manual.    The other attempt to reach a wider, non-vocational audience was the "Teach Yourself Shorthand" book by Crockett and Symonds, published by the English Universities Press in 1943.  The chapters have a "chatty" tone to them, and the presentation is generally simpler than the school textbooks.   Both books come up _very_ rarely on e-bay, but they're worth keeping an eye out for.  There's also a "Teach Yourself Shorthand" book for Pitman, which seems to be much more common (and is in fact still in print, I think).   Alex

  3. Just a quick note that there's a very reasonably-priced copy of Gregg Notehand (the 1968 edition) being offered on e-bay right now.  Search for "Notehand".  Usually copies of this book are way overpriced when they show up.   Alex

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