Linda Fisher was born in the Bronx, New York in 1952. Her mom was an executive secretary who wrote Gregg and typed 120 wpm on a manual typewriter. Linda first became enchanted with shorthand at the age of 8, when she read a book about secret codes and started a spy club. In high school she trained in Pitman so her mother couldn't read her diary. Linda went on to receive a perfect score in her high school Regents Examination and was her school's Commercial Valedictorian at the age of 17. She graduated with a shorthand speed of 120 wpm and passed a stringent Civil Service examination. She began her stenographic career in a New York State psychiatric clinic, recording minutes of children's group therapy sessions and transcribing patient records. At the age of 19, Linda began working as a legal secretary; first for patent and trademark attorneys and then for the Legal Aid Society, where she was upgraded to Administrative Assistant to the Chief of the Federal Defender Unit. It was here she became introduced to court reporting and enrolled in Stenotype school. To support herself through school, she began the Abraham Lincoln Typing Service, a stenographic and tape transcription service where she cut her teeth transcribing all types of materials, both live and dictated. Linda graduated from court reporting school in 1975, having attained a speed of 225 words per minute. She became a Certified Shorthand Reporter in New York State in 1977. In 1979 she received a Certificate of Proficiency from the National Court Reporters Association (now known as Registered Professional Reporter certification) and in 1998 received the designation of Certified Realtime Reporter. During the past 27 years, Linda has steadily worked in the field of shorthand reporting, both as a freelance reporter and as owner of her own agency, Ad Litem, Inc. She is a past president and executive director of the New York City Federation of Shorthand Reporters and has trained numerous shorthand reporters in the areas of speedbuilding, computer transcription and realtime writing. She began college at the age of 33 and received a BA from the City University of New York at the age of 45. She received her Master's Degree from the University of Pheonix in Adult Distance Education, and has authored a web-based course, "Setting the Stage for Realtime," which is presented by Stenograph University. Linda is at present a freelance realtime court reporter in New York City, and is a Certified Trainer for Case CATalyst and LiveNote. She also is a CAT and speedbuilding instructor at Long Island Business Institute, Flushing campus.