Gregg helped develop Palmer method?

The article attached says that Palmer and Gregg worked together to develop the Palmer method of handwriting.  The man quoted used to work for the Palmer company so is probably a trusted source.

“A.N. Palmer and John Robert Gregg, believing Spencerian writing was too difficult, developed the more plain, muscular movement of the Palmer method, Tufo said. By 1920, 90 percent of all schools in the U.S. were using the Palmer method.”
Am i reading this correctly?  Is this common knowledge?
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  1. Gregg and Palmer were friends. Leslie Cowan, in his biography of Gregg, mentions that Gregg particularly enjoyed spending time during his visits to New York with two men: Elbert Hubbard and A.N. Palmer, "the principal advocate of the free-flowing Muscular style of longhand writing which he introduced into thousands of American schools." (pp. 85-86)

    I have read a bit about Palmer, however, and I have never encountered any suggestion that Gregg played a role in the development of the Palmer Method. Indeed, Palmer did not really invent the handwriting movement that he taught. He observed that the most proficient business penmen used it and consequently began to teach it.

    He "sold" his method to American school administrators in much the same way that Gregg "sold" his shorthand system to them.

    I read somewhere that Gregg was impressed by Palmer's promotion of a relaxed, natural approach to penmanship.

  2. True, the Palmer Method refers to the method of teaching, not the method of writing. Too bad today's usual method seems to be "throw them in and hope they float."

    Interesting article, anyway, even with its factual slips.

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