Forty years ago, Motorola Lead Engineer, Dr. Martin Cooper perfected his invention and made the first successful cellular telephone call. Using the prototype for the DynaTAC, Cooper called the head of development for Bell Systems, Motorola’s main competitor at the time.That was April 3, 1973.
Ten years later, the DynaTAC hit the market for a cool 4K. Just in case you’re curious, that’s the equivalent of paying 9K for a cell phone in today’s money. Back then, it was considered a major status symbol and viewed as a symbol of affluence. From Donald Trump to Zack Morris, every old skool “baller,” was seen rocking the brick . These days, we dress up as “The Zack Morris Phone” for Comicon, while the great Gordon Gekko’s famous DynaTAC is now a sight-gag.
In the 30 years since it first hit the market, a toy of titans has morphed into a device that is changing the way we live our lives and interact with each other. The cell phone is accessible and available to almost everyone, even developing countries.
I’m not going to start lamenting the loss of random conversations with strange people in a doctor’s waiting room, or go on about how “smart phones,” are making us a dumb group of dummys. No,it’s all positive. You see, we’ve got a birthday to celebrate!!!
Happy Birthday, dear cell phone!
40 years old and look at you, you beautiful bastard!
You’re leaner, meaner, sexier, smarter and more desired that ever! You’re like the
Rosemary George Clooney of technology. Though let’s face it, the world expects you to be as thin and beautiful as possible, it’s pretty clear…YOU’RE A LADY!
A vibrant and sexually fertile woman, who just gets better with age. 40 is the new 20, and girl, you’ve got it going on. Use yourself to call all of your girlfriends and go out for a ladies night, RIGHT NOW.
You see, you’ve crossed over into a great time in your life, and while you’re most likely going to drink so much Sangria tonight that you cuss out the night manager at McDonald’s for not serving fried cheese, own and celebrate all those years, you earned it, girl!