Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Eerie coincidence


Ok, this is creepy. Yesterday, March 10, was my mom and aunt's birthday, right?

Apparently, March 10 is also the anniversary of the invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell.

The career my aunt was in from 1945-1980?

Bell Telephone operator.

7 comments:

Cygnus said...

"One ringy dingy . . . Two ringy dingys . . . A gracious good afternoon. Have I reached the party to whom I am speaking?"

Way cool to know your mom is Lily Tomlin. ;-)

Dymphna (4HisChurch) said...

We used to howl at that routine!!!!

Actually, my aunt is Lily Tomlin! ;)

Adrienne said...

I'm old enough to know how to run an old PBX switchboard and it is waaaaay fun.

My grandma's first job was as a switch board operator. It was considered a pretty "wild" job for a woman.

Marie said...

Happy birthdays to your Mom and Aunt!

Can you imagine having to deal with all those chords and thingy's..I would have gotten confused very quickly lol.

Peace to you always:)

Marie xoxoxo

Dymphna (4HisChurch) said...

Wow, Adrienne! You know how to operate those old switchboards?!? I'm impressed!

My aunt used to tell us that the telephone operators knew all the town "news" before everyone else because they had to put through all the calls. She remembers when calling someone on the phone consisted of saying something like this, "Mabel? This is Gertrude. Can you put me through to the Smith's?"

It was like having your own private secretary! Except the party lines, of course!

Anonymous said...

it was destiny : )

-rebecca

Dymphna (4HisChurch) said...

Very true, Rebecca!! :)

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