I’m happy to report that I purchased an Apple iPhone on Friday, 11 July 2008. And yes, I waited in line from 4:30 AM with a nice group of other eager consumers until the Apple store opened at 8:00 AM. In less than an hour, at least the first 50 of the several 300-400 customers in the queue had been greeted, helped, sold, and their phones had been activated. Now the learning curve begins.
As I waited in line before dawn on Friday morning, I thought back to my childhood in the 1950s in small-town North Carolina and considered the long history of communication in America. Take the historical journey with me and consider how our ancestors communicated with one another.
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