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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Janet Witmeyer Bone  

Pen Name: Jan Bone

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1930 in Coal Township PA

-- Janet Witmeyer Bone on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

I moved to Illinois as a new bride in 1952, lived in Chicago 1952-55, in Arlington Heights 1955-62, and in Palatine 1962-present. I have 8 books still in print, 7 of which are young adult career opportunities, and one, which I co-authored (with Ron Johnson) is a book about film appreciation. I have two master's degrees from Roosevelt University, Chicago:(the MBA and the Masters in Training & Development with e-learning concentration. I currently teach (2010)composition courses at Harper College,Palatine IL, and at Roosevelt University, Schaumburg campus, and am adjunct faculty at both schools. From 1977-85, I was an elected Trustee at Harper College, Palatine, an Illinois community college, and served as board secretary for several of those years. I have a bylined chapter being published in late 2010 in an instructional manual that accompanies The Bedford Guide, (9th ed) a composition textbook for college writers.

Biographical and Professional Information

I have been a published freelance writer since 1947, and still am (2010). I have taught composition courses and business writing for adult education courses (20 years) and in higher education (since 1992). I was a Recommended Candidate for a Fulbright in 2003, to teach writing in Lithuania, but funding was not sufficient that year. I have also taught conversational English in Siedlce, Poland (March, 1999) as a volunteer.

Published Works

    Understanding the Film: A Beginners Guide to Film Appreciation, now is McGraw-Hill, originally, 1974. 5th ed. is in printOpportunities in Film Careers, McGraw-HillOpportunities in Cable TV, McGraw-HillOpportunities in Telecommunications, McGraw-HillOpportunities in CAD/CAM, McGraw--HillOpportunities in Robotics, McGraw-HillOpportunities in Laser Technology Careers, Mc-Graw HillOpportunities in Plastics Technology Careers , Mc-Graw Hill

Selected Titles At Your Library

Understanding the film :
ISBN: 0844257974. OCLC Number:

NTC Publishing Group,. Lincolnwood, Ill. :. 1997.

"An introduction to film appreciation, this book explores the art of filmmaking and offers insights into classic as well as contemporary motion pictures, from King Kong and Citizen Kane to Forrest Gump, My Family/Mi Familia, and Braveheart. Filled with eye-catching photos of professionals at work and actual film stills, Understanding the Film is based on the premise that the more you know about motion pictures, the more you will enjoy them." "This new edition offers an explanation of the impact of film on the global community today, coverage of new technologies and trends in the film industry, interviews with veteran filmmakers describing their careers and experiences, and an explanation of how to evaluate a film and how professional critics review films."--Jacket.

Opportunities in cable television /
ISBN: 0844262587. OCLC Number:

VGM Career Horizons,. Lincolnwood, Ill., U.S.A. :. ©1984.

Opportunities in computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing /
ISBN: 0844261696. OCLC Number:

VGM Career Horizons,. Lincolnwood, Ill., U.S.A. :. ©1986.

Provides an overview of the field, educational requirements, employment outlook, and opportunities for advancement.

Opportunities in robotics careers /
ISBN: 0844240575. OCLC Number:

VGM Career Horizons,. Lincolnwood, Ill. :. ©1993.

Opportunities in laser technology careers /
ISBN: 0071493093. OCLC Number:

McGraw-Hill,. New York :. ©2008.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Chicago metropolitan area, and/or high schools or middle schools. I live northwest suburbs and have since 1962, and would speak at schools there for no fee...probably at the high school level. I would also speak to senior citizen groups, again, preferably in nw suburbs or nw Chicago, and for no fee.