During the interview I asked what inventions he recalled most from his youth and is younger years as an adult.
His answer for an innovation from his youth was the transition from record players to 8 tracks.
The second innovation that he mentioned was something used more during his career as an adult, the beeper or pager.
Out of the two innovations I chose to continue with the pager.
Now spend 5 minutes of deep contemplation of how you would feel if you had to give up your smart phone and used on of these instead.
John told me that he felt pagers were a more important innovation in his life because he was an adult and made the choice to use it. He said pagers were a key tool to being a professional in the 80's and 90's.
Important Date in Beeper History
In 1982 numeric display pagers were introduced and helped keep hospitals quiet because messages weren’t played aloud—instead, the numeric display showed a number on top of the device that served as either the extension to call or an internal code for a predetermined action. You could also initiate pages through a telephone. (Saine)
In 1995 Motorola introduced the world’s first two-way pager, the Tango two-way personal messaging pager. It allowed users to receive text messages and e-mail, and reply with a standard response. It also could be connected to a computer to download long messages. (Saine)
Today, pagers are embraced by the same groups who used the very first versions: public safety and healthcare professionals. Even with the proliferation of smartphones, pagers remain popular in these industries because of the reliability of the paging networks. No matter how sophisticated smartphones become, until cellular networks can match the survivable architecture of the paging networks, pagers will remain a staple of critical communications for years to come. (Saine)
Pagers had many uses.
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