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Sandra Ardoin @SandraArdoin

If, like me, you still remember talking on a Princess phone, you also remember those words in the title and the accompanying snort from Lily Tomlin’s telephone operator character Ernestine on Laugh-In. In case you don’t remember, below is a sample. Go ahead. I’ll wait.

Now Ernestine would never have been given the opportunity to pester poor Mr. Beadle if it hadn’t been for Alexander Graham Bell. On March 7, 1876, the Scotsman received his patent for the telephone.

Ah, who could forget the first words he spoke to his assistant, Thomas Watson, “Watson, come here, I want to see you.” Really? He couldn’t come up with something more clever and befitting the occasion?

Aside from the sheer genius of the invention and how it has progressed through the years, I think what struck me most about Bell was his age at the time of the patent. He was twenty-nine. (Watson was only 22.) Ah, I remember when I was twenty-nine…. Well, we won’t go there.

I don’t know why I was surprised by his age when we have among us these days people like Bill Gates of Microsoft, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, and Evan Spiegel of Snapchat, all in their twenties—younger than AGB—when their pet projects came to fruition. 

So, let’s give a hand to those creative young’uns who have given us the wonders of technology that have provided our lives with more convenience—not to mention, a hectic pace, less privacy and more stress. 🙂

What is the ONE technological invention you could not live without?