Gary D. Robson

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Gary D. Robson
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Robson in 2009
Born Gary Douglas Robson
(1958-05-11)May 11, 1958
Poughkeepsie, New York
Occupation Author
Genres Nonfiction and Children's Nature/Science
Notable work(s) Who Pooped in the Park?, The Closed Captioning Handbook
Spouse(s) Kathryn Robson

Gary D. Robson (May 11, 1958) is an American author from Red Lodge, Montana. He is best known for his children's picture book series entitled Who Pooped in the Park?, which teaches children about animal scat and tracks. The series currently comprises 18 books, mostly set in United States National Parks. He is also an expert in closed captioning and subtitling technologies for deaf and hard of hearing people.


Robson was born in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1958 and grew up in Colorado. He began writing for technical journals in 1984, and wrote a series of computer manuals before writing his first book in 1996 with Richard Sherman (a.k.a. Mr. Modem). He continued to write while working in the electronics industry until 2001, when he and his wife moved to Montana and purchased a bookstore.[1]

Closed captioning[edit]

Cheetah International, the company founded by Robson and his wife,[2] began producing software and equipment for closed captioning in 1997, and Robson published articles[3] on the subject for a variety of publications, including the Journal of Court Reporting, Newswaves, and Nuts & Volts. He holds two patents related to closed captioning: U.S. Patent #7,360,234[4] (2008) and U.S. Patent #8,245,252 B2[5] (2012). He was presented with the Andrew Saks Engineering Award[6] for "outstanding contributions in improving visual accessibility to information via realtime captioning for deaf and hard-of-hearing Americans"[7] by Telecommunications for the Deaf, Inc. in 1997.

He wrote three books about closed captioning, most notably The Closed Captioning Handbook, published [8] by Focal Press, then an imprint of Elsevier.


Children's picture books[edit]

The Who Pooped in the Park? series is published by Farcountry Press[9] in Helena, Montana. Each book in the series focuses on the indigenous wildlife of a particular National Park or ecosystem in the United States. Robson has used two different illustrators. Elijah Brady Clark illustrated the first six books, and [Robert Rath] has illustrated the rest.

Closed captioning and related technologies[edit]

Other nonfiction[edit]

  • The Court Reporter's Guide to CyberspaceISBN 9780965151801 (1996) with Richard A. Sherman
  • The Darkest Hour, with Fay Kuhlman
    • 2nd edition: ISBN 9780965960915 (2003) – Carbon County Historical Society
    • 3rd edition: Kindle & Apple ebook (2011) – Proseyr Publishing


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