Telephone Tales

Telephone Tales

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College students graduating now, probably never cranked a phone to get an operator to complete a call for them. Many may not have even heard of it. Many talk of dialing a telephone when they push buttons to make a telephone call, but don't know why its called dialing. Rotary dials that we use to dial to make a call have all but faded in to history. First ladies and losing nominees quickly fade in to a black hole. Telephone history, the people and the equipment is headed the same way. Books, not even history books, do not mention the great works of telephone men and women. Consequently, the history of telephony, its equipment and people are being forgotten. The purpose of this book is to create a history of these gallant people and their equipment. It is composed of short stories that describe the equipment and how unexpected predicaments affected their workday. Don worked over fifty years in telecommunications. Working with many telephone employees in both Bell System and the independent telephone industry. He enjoyed, not only the work, but also the fellowship he encountered through his association with the personnel in both groups. He found them all to be like one big family, which believed in good service to the telephone subscribers. With divesture, he took an early retirement from Ohio Bell. But, worked at other communication companies. During his employment, he told young engineers about the employees and equipment of the telephone system prior to Divesture. Occasionally, he would be told that he should write a book. He took it as a joke. When he was laid off from the last company, he decided to write a book so that the many conscientious telephone employees would not be forgotten.Evelyn did not know it. Thirty-five telephone operators in a manual telephone office reported to her. ... The war caused many inconveniences; sugar rationed, only two pair of shoes permitted per person each year, stamps for meat (so many stamps per person), Gasoline rationing based on ones ... The use of these short, specific phrases enabled calls to process correctly and speedily without confusion.

Title:Telephone Tales
Author: Don Conrad
Publisher:Dog Ear Publishing - 2009-07

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