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Much a-boop about nothing: Betty Boop case was headache for 1934 court reporter.

Max Fleischer's patent drawing of Betty Boop. (Via Wikimedia Commons.)

What’s the silliest thing you’ve ever transcribed in a hearing?

Can you beat variations on the catch phrase “boop-boop-a-doop”?

Like, for example, boop-boopa doop, boop-boopa-do, boop-a-doop, or just plain boop. 

As you might imagine, those exact words caused a court reporter in 1934 to throw up his hands in frustration, according to a story of a trial involving the cartoon character Betty Boop. (History)

A singer named Helen Kane had sued the creator of the Betty Boop cartoons, Fleischer Studios, over the cartoon character’s use of the phrase, which Kane said had been stolen from her. (In Kane’s songs, the phrase was used as a euphemism for sex.) 

At first it seemed that Kane had a case and her lawsuit made it to the New York Supreme Court.

But it stalled there, thanks to the origins of her signature sound. The Fleischers trotted out a number of witnesses who claimed they’d heard “boops” and baby talk in nightclubs, cabarets and vaudeville theaters before Kane became famous.

The defense also presented several voice actresses to recite variations on the famous line to show just how many ways there are to say it, exasperating the court stenographer. 

Let us know about your experience with crazy transcriptions.

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An inspiration to baby boom court reporters: Olive Oyl, public stenographer

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In 1937, the “Popeye” cartoon series was at its creative zenith. Just two months after the release of the Academy Award-nominated “Popeye the Sailor meets Sinbad the Sailor,” “The Paneless Window Washer” (Nov. 22, 1937), featured Olive Oyl as a public stenographer.

We at Huseby Inc. are proud to have her among our ranks!

In the six-minute animated short, Popeye and Bluto fight over who’s better at cleaning windows right outside Olive’s office tower window -- which is adorned with her professional association: “Olive Oyl Public Stenographer.” As usual, Olive is trapped in the middle of the melee.

While the cartoon was created by Fleisher Studios and distributed to movie theaters in 1937 by Paramount Pictures, today’s Popeye fans know of “The Paneless Window Washer” thanks to its repeated showings on television in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s.

Olive Oyl at work

Thanks to TV syndication, the cartoon featuring stenographer Olive remains a fan favorite, according to Fred M. Grandinetti in “Popeye: An Illustrated Cultural History.”

Today, you don’t have to run home from school to warm your TV up at 3:30 in the afternoon to catch Popeye, Bluto and Olive in action. You can just click below.

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A Detailed Look At The New York State Court Reporters Association

Court reporters at Huseby find that joining their state court reporting association carries many benefits. New York court reporters have at their disposal the New York State Court Reporters Association (NYSCRA)

The Oldest Association of Court Reporters

The NYSCRA was founded in 1876, a day when New York court reporters used shorthand to document legal proceedings. The machines that modern court stenographers use were not around yet not to mention many of the computer tools we all take for granted.

In that year, eight New York court reporters got together in Syracuse and decided to form a professional association. They worked out the organization and constitution and named their new organization the New York State Law Stenographers Association. Today the organization boasts well over 600 members and is the state National Court Reporters Association affiliate.

Invaluable Resources for New York Court Reporters

Court reporters can get help from the NYSCRA no matter where they are in their careers, starting with which school to go to. The NYSCRA website lists all the court reporting programs in the state so students can decide which one is the best for them.

The state of New York does not require NCRA certification to practice in the state, but many New York court reporters choose to pursue these credentials to open up new job opportunities. The NYSCRA offers a variety of resources to help its members on their path to becoming certified court reporters.

Even reporters who don't belong to the association benefit from it. The NYSCRA maintains an active lobby to ensure that state and federal legislative changes are in the best interest of their members and other reporters in the state.

Get A Mentor

At Huseby we know that court reporting is a rewarding profession but also a very demanding one. Our staff has been through the challenging coursework and speed trials. We've been through the challenging early period of our careers. As a court reporting agency we offer what help we can, but we can't offer the one-on-one attention that a mentor can.

NYSCRA recruits experienced New York court reporters to act as mentors to students. They give their mentees the benefit of years of experience, offering tips on studying and building speed and accuracy. Some provide the opportunity for mentees to observe them on the job, getting experience that school can't match.

Mentors often continue to guide their mentees after graduation. The early days of New York court reporters' careers can be difficult as they adjust to the stress of the profession. Encouragement and advice from someone who's walked the same road is invaluable in giving new reporters the confidence to succeed.

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