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38 years ago he made the first cell phone call
CNN ^ | April 3,2011 | Bob Greene

Posted on 04/03/2011 7:56:18 AM PDT by Brandonmark

CNN) -- Sunday is the anniversary of something that undoubtedly has changed your life.

Whether for good or for bad is a question only you can answer.

On this day in 1973 -- on April 3 of that year -- a man did something no one had ever done before.

You may bless him for it or curse him for it. At this juncture, it hardly matters. The impact of what he did is so enormous that judging it now is almost beside the point.

The man's name was Martin Cooper. He was 44 at the time.

He made a cell phone call.

The world's first. At least the first public one; the cell phone had been tested in the lab, but never tried in the real world.

"As I walked down the street while talking on the phone," Cooper once told an interviewer, "sophisticated New Yorkers gaped at the sight of someone actually moving around while making a phone call."

There had been car phones before -- mobile radios, really. They were powered by heavy equipment that had to be stashed in the trunk of the automobile.

But Cooper, who was the general manager of Motorola's communications systems division, had the idea that people didn't want to be tethered to a stationary telephone, even if the phone could ride along with them in their car. He thought that the phone should be so portable that it could go anywhere they went.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: cellphone; technology
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1 posted on 04/03/2011 7:56:19 AM PDT by Brandonmark
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To: Brandonmark

“Can you hear me now?”


2 posted on 04/03/2011 7:57:48 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("...crush the bourgeoisie... between the millstones of taxation and inflation." --Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Brandonmark

I just got a cell phone at age 67. Playing ketchup is tough. :-)


3 posted on 04/03/2011 7:58:18 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Brandonmark

Long live the brick...


4 posted on 04/03/2011 7:58:18 AM PDT by Quick Shot
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To: Quick Shot

Beam me up Scotty.


5 posted on 04/03/2011 7:59:42 AM PDT by Mouton (Government expands to fill any voids in freedom.)
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To: Brandonmark

1st cell phone at age 67. But bought a GPS (Garmin) about 20 years ago.


6 posted on 04/03/2011 8:00:34 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

They had commercial GPS 20 years ago? I did not know that - thanks for sharing.


7 posted on 04/03/2011 8:04:03 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Some men DO just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: Brandonmark

Come here, Watson! I want you!


8 posted on 04/03/2011 8:04:59 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Somewhere in Kenya a village is missing its idiot)
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To: Sacajaweau
I just got a cell phone at age 67

Interesting...

We're about the same age. Which cell phone did you get, might I ask?

9 posted on 04/03/2011 8:07:05 AM PDT by doc11355
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To: Brandonmark

In 1976 Motorola put phones in the MAST/DUSTOFF UH-1H’s at Ft. Lewis. This 35K20 “helped.” That was amazing then.


10 posted on 04/03/2011 8:07:43 AM PDT by bannie (( ))
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To: bannie

Avionics tech? cool!


11 posted on 04/03/2011 8:10:44 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 801 of our national holiday from reality. - It's 3 AM, where is the 'president'?)
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To: Brandonmark

And now we’re totally dependent on them. Feel freaked out when we realize we left it at home.


12 posted on 04/03/2011 8:11:04 AM PDT by Terry Mross (Only a SECOND party will get my vote.)
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To: Brandonmark

I remember at work in The mid 90’s they were testing out a Motorola Text device to replace our beepers which was pretty cool, i could e-mail etc with it.
Then they quickly replaced that with the heavy brick Nextel phone.

I have HATED cell phones ever since.
I still cringe when i hear that nextel alert noise.


13 posted on 04/03/2011 8:12:31 AM PDT by mowowie
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To: Sacajaweau

you must have been a surveyor with a 5 channel unit. they didn’t get all the satellites up until sometime after 1990.


14 posted on 04/03/2011 8:13:45 AM PDT by Shellback Chuck
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2698996/posts


15 posted on 04/03/2011 8:14:04 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: Brandonmark
I got my first cell phone when my fourth grandchild in five months was anticipated. I drive a mail route and being away from a phone on a day when some kind of news was expected was absolutely the worst of my life. Everyone else knew what was going on, except me. The GramE. I went home and signed up. Oct of 99. I now have 10 grandchildren.
16 posted on 04/03/2011 8:16:17 AM PDT by grame (May you know more of the love of God Almighty this day!)
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To: Brandonmark

17 posted on 04/03/2011 8:16:49 AM PDT by Brandonmark (News Coverage)
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To: Sacajaweau
Playing ketchup is tough.

Depends on how you do it.


18 posted on 04/03/2011 8:17:27 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post.)
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To: Brandonmark

My first cell phone was a Motorola Brick in 1992. Still have it packed away to show my someday grandchildren. (I’m 40.)


19 posted on 04/03/2011 8:19:21 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind.)
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To: Terry Mross; Brandonmark
And now we’re totally dependent on them.

"What you mean 'we', white man?"


20 posted on 04/03/2011 8:21:09 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post.)
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To: Sacajaweau
I just got a cell phone at age 67. Playing ketchup is tough. :-)

Mustard been tough to adjust to....

21 posted on 04/03/2011 8:21:48 AM PDT by mikrofon (Txt me with any comments ;)
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To: Shellback Chuck

I just looked at my log...1996 was the first time with the handheld Garmin. I can’t remember when we first used the Trimble unit but I remember we had to sit for 4 hours for one lousey point. Today...it’s 90 seconds....


22 posted on 04/03/2011 8:23:13 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: bannie

Loved being in Signals..there was always some pretty neat gear around to handle...former 31m20

My uncle had one of the early phones,that thing was big as a brick and it was quite expensive to use


23 posted on 04/03/2011 8:25:21 AM PDT by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: Brandonmark; All

FReeper HUMOR BUMP!


24 posted on 04/03/2011 8:25:25 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: Brandonmark

“Whether for good or for bad is a question only you can answer. “

Yesterday I sat at a wake for a dear friend who passed away after a long illness. While the priest was giving the service, cell phones went off on two separate occasions in what was a group of about 40 people. The sound of the clownish ring tones cut through your mind like a blowtorch.

I really could not believe the complete lack of consideration of these people. One carried on a 5 minute conversation that you could plainly hear before hanging up.

Would it have been too much to ask to simply leave it in the car or turn it off for what amounted to about an hour of consideration for this departed soul?


25 posted on 04/03/2011 8:25:43 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (The most dangerous place on the face of the earth is between a liberal and their money.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Same here....I think it was a Motorola flipphone.
felt like a brick...it now is resting in my junk drawer


26 posted on 04/03/2011 8:26:37 AM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: mikrofon

Couldn’t resist could you... :)


27 posted on 04/03/2011 8:26:58 AM PDT by Roscoe Karns
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To: Roscoe Karns

28 posted on 04/03/2011 8:30:39 AM PDT by mikrofon (Phone Phun)
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To: Brandonmark

- - - - -
On this day in 1973 — on April 3 of that year — a man did something no one had ever done before.

You may bless him for it or curse him for it. At this juncture, it hardly matters. The impact of what he did is so enormous that judging it now is almost beside the point.

The man’s name was Martin Cooper. He was 44 at the time.

He made a cell phone call.
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Oh please; this wasn’t anywhere near the ‘cellular system we have today, in fact, the 870 - 890 MHz spectrum was still assigned to TV broadcast CHs 70 - 83!

On top of that, ‘Mobile phone’ service had been offered since the 50’s, although the spectrum was limited and therefore the availability was restricted in populated areas ...


29 posted on 04/03/2011 8:31:43 AM PDT by _Jim (Conspiracy theories are the favored tools of the weak-minded.)
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To: grame

Now that you’re up to snuff and have a cell phone, do you drive an Email route?


30 posted on 04/03/2011 8:32:13 AM PDT by Krankor (And he's oh, so good, And he's oh, so fine, And he's oh, so healthy, In his body and his mind)
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To: Brandonmark

I think I may have the distinction of having the only remaining rotary dial cell phone.


31 posted on 04/03/2011 8:34:06 AM PDT by cerberus
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To: Brandonmark

The rest of the story:

He was driving at the time and drove straight into a tree.


32 posted on 04/03/2011 8:40:03 AM PDT by mkmensinger
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To: Brandonmark

A little more authoritative account:

http://www.privateline.com/PCS/history8.htm

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On October 17, 1973, Motorola filed a patent entitled ‘Radio telephone system.’ It outlined Motorola’s cellular radio system and was given US Patent Number 3,906,166 when it was granted on September 16,1975. Inventors on the patent were Martin Cooper, Richard Dronsuth, Albert J. Mikulski, Charles N. Lynk, Jr., James J. Mikulski, John F. Mitchell, Roy A. Richardson, and John H. Sangster. This came a year after the Bell System patent was approved.

...

On May 1, 1974 the F.C.C. decides to open an additional 115 megahertz of spectrum, 2300 channel’s worth, for future cellular telephone use. Cellular looms ahead, although no one know when FCC approval will permit its commercial rollout.


33 posted on 04/03/2011 8:42:39 AM PDT by _Jim (Conspiracy theories are the favored tools of the weak-minded.)
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To: Brandonmark

Bet he found out the two-way communicator is pain in the a$$ 90% of the time,to many useless calls.


34 posted on 04/03/2011 8:43:22 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Brandonmark
In suburban Chicago, I remember driving home on the Northwest Tollway (back in the late 70's) and seeing the periodically spaced towers running parallel to the highway.

A ham radio operator friend explained that they were for a cellular service being developed by Motorola.

Can't remember where they began, but I always noticed them the most while approaching Arlington Hts.

35 posted on 04/03/2011 8:44:52 AM PDT by capt. norm (Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never run out of material. c)
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To: Brandonmark
The world's first. At least the first public one;

The Feds had them a decade earlier.

36 posted on 04/03/2011 8:52:42 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Radioactive plume to hit USA. President Obama and family fly to Brazil)
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To: Brandonmark
Don't use a landline any longer. Got me a smart phone

Smart Phone Comparison
37 posted on 04/03/2011 8:58:38 AM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Brandonmark

I thought there was “proof” pointed out a few months ago that the cell phone was used in some early cinema (like 1920’s) movie... I don’t have the link handy, but it showed some actor moving with a cell phone to his ear... it was in a Charlie Chaplin or similar flick.


38 posted on 04/03/2011 8:59:53 AM PDT by C210N (0bama, Making the US safe for Global Marxism)
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To: C210N
Here it is...

Phone-toting time traveler in Chaplin movie?

39 posted on 04/03/2011 9:01:18 AM PDT by C210N (0bama, Making the US safe for Global Marxism)
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To: cerberus

Drat, you win. I took our last one down about a year ago. I was a wall model made to look like a phone from the 1920s. We kept it up so our kids could amuse their friends when they were growing up. The kids came home from college and saw that it was down and all exclaimed “Why’d you take it down. We LOVED that phone!” LOL.


40 posted on 04/03/2011 9:05:59 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Brandonmark

41 posted on 04/03/2011 9:33:37 AM PDT by mylife (Happens ebery year)
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To: Sacajaweau

How do you play ketchup???? A pick, a bow, with keys?

I’m just wondering how you keep it from squishing as you try to play it.


42 posted on 04/03/2011 9:43:16 AM PDT by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

They had commercial GPS 20 years ago?
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Early 90’s; the Gulf War (August 2, 1990 – February 28, 1991 per wiki) was also the really first full-scale use by the military ... consumer products followed ... had an early Magellan ‘94 that took awhile to initially acquire and only showed Lat/Long speed, COG (Course over Ground) and some waypoint functions (distance, bearing) ... but, of course, no map!

Resorted to a Delorme mapping program on a low-powered laptop receiving data from the GPS for the ‘moving map’ function.


43 posted on 04/03/2011 9:52:49 AM PDT by _Jim (Conspiracy theories are the favored tools of the weak-minded.)
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To: clee1

You’re SUPPOSED to squish the packet. It’s like a tiny accordion. Um, without the sound.


44 posted on 04/03/2011 9:53:01 AM PDT by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: clee1

It’s like an accordian so the ketchup merely gets redistributed.


45 posted on 04/03/2011 9:53:43 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Brandonmark
Looks about the size of that very very sucessful Motorola invention called Iridium!!!
46 posted on 04/03/2011 9:54:28 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Can you feel me now?
-Peanut (Jeff Dunham)


47 posted on 04/03/2011 9:56:17 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: _Jim

Thanks for the info!


48 posted on 04/03/2011 10:02:14 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Some men DO just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: headstamp 2
Would it have been too much to ask to simply leave it in the car or turn it off for what amounted to about an hour of consideration for this departed soul?

Or, if the call is genuinely that important, switch the fool thing to "excite" and leave the sanctuary to take the call.

There are at least two members of our congregation who do so. Unless you are seated close to them you wouldn't even realize what was happening. Both of them are business owners and a missed call might mean missed business. Understandable the way the economy is.

49 posted on 04/03/2011 10:16:32 AM PDT by magslinger (What Would Stephen Decatur Do?)
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To: married21

It’s absolutely amazing that we both came up with the concept of an accordian....and seconds apart!!! Sac


50 posted on 04/03/2011 10:29:32 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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