Monday, March 9, 2009

"Mister Watson, Come Here"

The Birth of the Telephone

For many of us, trying to envision life without our various telephones would be like trying to lives without indoor plumbing. The telephone is 133 years old tomorrow. That's when Alexander Graham Bell made the first telephone call, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Over a wire to his
assistant in the next room, Bell said, "Mister Watson, come here, I want you."

At the time the public was slow to see the usefulness of the new invention. Now, the public has an insatiable appetite for phones and use them in ways Bell could not have imagined. We make more than a billion local calls each day - that's about four for every man, woman and child. And eight-out-of-10 of us now carry cell phones to continue our chats while working, shopping, and even driving.

The daily "Profile America" feature is courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau.

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