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While other boys in Jackson Heights, N.Y. in the 1930s were practicing their curveballs or clarinets on Saturday mornings, the Cohen twins were home poring over shorthand primers. They were lessons in practicality for Arthur and William, which put the boys in good stead for a 52-year court reporting career still in progress. “My father said there were only two jobs where you got a nice summer vacation – teaching and court reporting,” said Arthur Cohen, senior court reporter for the Nassau County Supreme Court. Like his brother William, Arthur has been tapping away at the steno machine since 1948. “To me, each day is like the opening of a Broadway show,” Arthur said. Both brothers agree that solid grammar skills, a thorough understanding of legal procedure and meticulous attention to detail are crucial. Keeping a poker face during trials also is critical. “You have to maintain a sphinx-like aspect, but it’s hard sometimes,” Arthur said, “especially in custody cases that are emotionally-wrenching.”

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