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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 Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Understanding the Film: An Introduction to Film Appreciation
ISBN: 0844257974

NTC Publishing Group. 2001

Understanding the Film explores the art of film making and offers insight into classic as well as contemporary motion pictures, from King Kong and Citizen Kane to Forrest Gump and Braveheart. The text includes photos of professionals at work and actual film stills.

Opportunities in cable television
ISBN: 0844262587

VGM Career Horizons. 1984

40842 CAD/CAM Hd Send New Ed (VGM career books)
ISBN: 0844261696

McGraw-Hill Contemporary. 2001

Opportunities in Robotics Careers
ISBN: 0844240575

Vgm Career Horizons. 1993

Describes educational requirements, responsibilities, opportunities for advancement, and salaries for careers in industrial robotics, machine vision, research robotics, and automation

Opportunities in Laser Technology
ISBN: 0071493093

McGraw-Hill Education. 2008

Blaze a trail to success!

Get started in a career that has a promising future and is financially rewarding. Opportunities in Laser Technology Careers provides you with a complete overview of the job possibilities, salary figures, and experience required to enter the field of laser technology.

This career-boosting book will help you:

  • Determine the specialty that's right for you, from medicine to communications to manufacturing
  • Acquire in-depth knowledge of the laser technology field
  • Find out what kind of salary you can expect
  • Understand the daily routine of your chosen field
  • Focus your job search using industry resources


Surgeon • Holography artist • Landmine locator • Laser machinist • Physicist • Laser research scientist

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.