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Astounding Technology

A switchboard operator moved these cables around to connect telephone callers.  This switchboard is on display at the Agricultural Hall of Fame in Bonner Springs, Kansas.

In the early days of the telephone, a switchboard operator would move these cables around to connect telephone callers. This switchboard is on display at the Agricultural Hall of Fame in Bonner Springs, Kansas.

Beloit College in Wisconsin recently released its annual Mindset List, which shows the kind of world that incoming freshmen grew up in. For example, to the class of 2012, GPS has always been available, phones always had caller ID and tax returns could always be filed online (not that these students were doing their own taxes.)  You can see the list at www.beloit.edu/publicaffairs/mindset

I wrote about some of the technological advances that amazed me as a child in this article (below), published Aug. 5, in the Kansas City Star. My own children, who are in their early 20s, can’t even imagine (or don’t want to, anyway) a world without computers, microwave ovens or cell phones.  It was rough, I tell you!

 

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