While other boys in Jackson Heights in the 1930s were practicing their curveballs or clarinets on Saturday mornings, the Cohen twins were holed up in their 78th Street home poring over shorthand primers.

They were lessons in practicality for Arthur and William, delivered by their father � a business teacher at the local high school � which put the boys in good stead for a 52-year court reporting career still in progress.

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