On Tue, 22 Jun 1999 17:58:36 -0700 (PDT) firstname.lastname@example.org
>I have always thought it very significant that the very first
>transmitted electrically, by Alexander Graham Bell to Thomas Watson,
>"Watson, come here. I want you."
> Best, Dale
The electric telegraph long predates Bell's telephone. The first long distance electric telegraph line, connecting Washington, DC with Baltimore MD, was financed by a $30,000 congressional appropriation and was completed in 1838, I think. The first official message, tapped out by Samuel F. B. Morse, I think, was 'What hath God wrought?'
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