February 8, 2006 |
IT WAS A SHORT, even telegraphic, message: "Effective January 27, 2006, Western Union will discontinue all Telegram and Commercial Messaging services. We regret any inconvenience this may cause you, and we thank you for your loyal patronage." With these words, Western Union announced the death of the telegram, the original form of electronic communication that dates back 150 years. Like many people, I was saddened to hear of its demise.
June 7, 2001 |
Faceless flirting may not seem so strange in an age of Internet dating, but 57 years ago, strangers weren't sending amorous words out over the Web. They sent them by Morse code over the ocean. That's what American sailor Jack Campbell and British signaler Stephanie Batstone did anyway, while serving in World War II. But as with today's e-mail affairs, Morse code romance was based on the allure of mystery and a degree of miscommunication. Crossed signals, you might say.
August 20, 2000 |
Marcus Brady made a habit last season of zipping spirals to Drew Amerson, his former teammate at San Diego Morse High. So, it was no surprise when Brady and Amerson reestablished the San Diego connection during an intrasquad scrimmage Saturday at North Campus Stadium. Brady, a junior entering his third season as Cal State Northridge's starting quarterback, threw seven completions to Amerson, including one for a touchdown, to highlight an encouraging performance by the offense.
August 16, 1998 |
Tap out an SOS for Morse code. At least as far as many ships at sea are concerned, it is going down for the last time. As of Feb. 1, 1999, all passenger ships and all cargo ships of 300 gross tons or more will no longer use Morse code for distress calls, relying instead on the global satellite communications system that has all but taken its place under an international agreement.
September 28, 1997 |
It is the 1950s, and in Tokyo and New York two guys in white shirts, ties undone, are communicating electronically with the latest technology. "SOS ETWIFE HEADS TOKYOWARD SMORNING SANSTOP," New York tells Tokyo. "MUCHLY APC EYEBALL ARRIVAL. URGENTEST NEED THUMBSUCKER CUM ART." These were marching orders for the fellow in Tokyo. Put into English, the message said, "The secretary of state and his wife will fly nonstop to Tokyo this morning.