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Old 04-09-2015, 10:55 AM
Status: "Support the Mining Law of 1872" (set 5 days ago)
Location: Cody, WY
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"Number, please."

We all remember that, don't we? Pick up the phone, hold it to your ear, and you'd immediately hear the pleasant and human voice of the telephone operator. Sure, I remember when we got our first dial telephone. It was interesting to use at first, but it was never any faster. Women complained of dirty index fingers. In any emergency it was useless without dialing. Before dial there was no need to connect with the police or fire department in an emergency. The operator took care of that. Home invasion? Get the receiver off the hook for a few seconds; the operator would hear and do the rest. Operators saved many lives. When's the last time you talked to one when you were making a call, even overseas? The overseas operators in those days would get the information and when the connection was made there would be a call back on a direct and clear line.

What would you be willing pay to have that service today rather than trust to a machine? I wonder if that's the reason we didn't hear of home invasions when there was a human being on the line.

The morning paper came before my parents were up. Evening papers were on news stands before noon. There were many editions during the course of the day, each edition with its own name. The first edition of the next day's morning paper was out about dinnertime. The radio had news on one station or another just about all of the time. There were radio dramas and comedies; people could do other things as well while they were listening. Now, so many make a big deal out of that; they call it multitasking. My parents were doing it in 1930.

I wonder about something. Suppose that Alexander Graham Bell had invented the text message in 1875, giving up on the far more difficult task of voice transmission. Suppose that a voice transmission system wasn't invented until 2000. Wouldn't people be enthralled to hear the actual voice of their loved ones rather than have no option beyond a plain text? Wouldn't it be wonderful to call a business and speak to an individual who would correctly and quickly send you to the right extension?
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Old 04-09-2015, 10:35 PM
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I also want to mention that we bought our latest Iphone just before the new model came out in the fall. That is, we bought last year's model. You can save some money on the cost of the phones that way.
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