End of an Era

Pay PhoneBack in February Western Union announced that it would no longer be sending telegrams ending a 150 year tradition of the hushed interruption by the butler of urgent news from lands far, far away.

Thus it is only fitting that today we hear that the New York Times has shut down its fabled Recording Room which was the journalist’s last savior for phoning in a scoop before deadline. No more dashing to the lobby of the racetrack to phone in results over a pay phone. AT & T even announced that they’re getting out of the payphone business all together.

I guess it’s about time for trenchcoats and fedoras to come back in style.

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