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100th Anniversary of Telephone #42134

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 10, 1976
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(Studio) 1st telephone call made 100 years ago today.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Boston, Massachusetts) Alexander Graham Bell's invention of the telephone in Boston described. Device's impact on culture analyzed. [Recorded voice of Bell assistant Thomas WATSON - describes 1 call.] Boston 1st, then other cities soon became laced with telephone wires. Old photos and film shown. Television's relation to telephone noted. July 20, 1969, film shown. [President Richard NIXON - talks to astronauts on moon.] Size of Bell Telephone Company in terms of employees and profits noted.
REPORTER: John Martin

(Studio) Examples of humorous aspect of telephone cited: Party record "Kohen on Telephone," George Jessel, Shelley Berman, James Thurber noted.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Martin, John;
Reasoner, Harry

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