Sunday marked an important day in technology history. Did you know that? I sure didn’t. I was surfing the web looking for interesting facts and I found a doozie! 38 years ago on the streets of New York, April 3, 1973, the first cell phone call was made by a 44 year old man named Martin Cooper. He was a general manager for Motorola’s communications systems division with a vision. And boy what a vision it was. He’s still alive today, by the way. He’s 82 and still works in the technology field. Makes you wonder if his working on the next big invention we just can’t do without doesn’t it? Well, what I read was kinda scary. But I’m holding out till the end to add suspense. 🙂
I didn’t realize the cell phone had been around that long. It did take a whopping ten years to bring it to market. And it came with a whopping price tag too. $3,500 for a 16-ounce “DynaTAC phone. Even the name sounds like a dinasour. LOL Seven years later and there were a million subscribers in the United States. Wow!
I remember clearly the day I got my very first one. We moved from my small hometown to a suberb outside Houston in 1995. It was only for emergencies back then. Houston was huge and I had no friends or family near by, a 10 month old and one on the way.
Boy how times have changed. Now I can’t imagine going anywhere without my phone. Heck, I’ll even go back for it if I accidentally leave it behind. How on earth did my parents get by without one? I remember them being so excited over a CB radio and coming up with cool CB handles. (that was a nickname lol) My cell phone is a link to my kids at all times. A link I don’t think I could ever be without. Now if you ask them, I’m sure at times they wish this link could be broken. LOL
I’m still lagging behind though. They keep adding newer and greater models. No smart phones for this chic. I think it’s because I can’t handle a phone being smarter than me. Now finally, what you’ve all been dying to find out. Way back in 1973, Mr. Cooper also had another idea that makes me cringe just thinking about it. He didn’t just want to make the personal telephone portable. He wanted to “even have it embedded under your skin.” Ack!
Could this be what’s coming next? I can’t even go there!
Do you remember where you were the day you held your very own cell phone? What do you think about the “under skin” phone? I guess it would be harder to lose that way. 🙂