This is the United States calling………….are we reaching?


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You might have a love/hate relationship with your cell phone, but at least we aren’t walking around with gargantuan-sized contraptions like the one in the above photo.

Enter Mr. Marty Cooper of Chicago, Illinois.  Mr. Cooper is the patriarch of the cell phone.  As an engineer for Motorola in the 1950’s, Marty devised portable police radios; in the early 1970’s, he became the head of the Communications Systems Division.

Mr. Cooper’s idea for portable phones sprung from his notion that people move around the planet at their leisure, so why not assign phone numbers to go along with them, as opposed to numbers assigned to a topographical area!

You are going to love this!  Care to guess where Marty’s stellar concepts came from?  I thought you’d never ask:

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Inspiration; ah, thank you, Captain Kirk of the USS Starship, “Enterprise”.  Mr. Cooper formed his initial ideas from the communicator device Captain Kirk used to speak to his crew from whatever part of the galaxy he found himself at any given moment in the space/time continuum.

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Here is a photo of Mr. Cooper with his 1973 precursor to our cell phone phenomenon.  This phone weighed in at 2.5 pounds, 10 inches in length, and was affectionately nicknamed, “The Brick”.  Ten years later, Motorola let, “The Brick” loose into the public cellular arena (by the way, have you noticed how many arenas are actually sponsored by cell phone companies?).  You, yes YOU can sport this DynaTAC 8000X model for the modest sum of $3,995.00 (that would be about $9,000 in today’s currency).  Not convinced? Why, the battery can last up to 60 minutes!

I understand; I mean, one has to ‘weigh’ all factors when considering acquiring such a frivolous purchase!  Let’s beam up to 2014, and see how Marty’s marvelous Captain ‘Kirkian’ ideas have panned out:


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A wristwatch that morphs into a cell phone.  Hhhmmmmm, excuse me, sir, do you have the time? Time, no, I cannot provide you with the time, can’t you see I’m talking to my watch? Yes, Marty Cooper, beam me up indeed!



  21 comments for “This is the United States calling………….are we reaching?

  1. November 20, 2014 at 10:50 am

    lol I remember those bricks, they were pricey as hell and service charges were unreasonable for the reception you’d get, good times!


    • November 20, 2014 at 10:53 am

      Yes, and if you look back at old movies and see people carrying them around, it looks hilarious now! *LOL* Good mornin’, Andy! Cher xo


  2. November 20, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Love this! I remember those bricks, how awful. Great post!


    • November 20, 2014 at 10:54 am

      *LOL* Thank you, John! Weren’t they awful? And to think Mr. Cooper received his inspiration from Captain Kirk! *grin* Cher xo


  3. Don
    November 20, 2014 at 11:38 am

    What a fascinating post Cher. Just love those phones. Can’t remember ever having one though. 🙂 Always Captain Kirk to the rescue – “dial” me up Scotty.

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    • November 20, 2014 at 11:58 am

      Thank you, Don! I dare say they were quite the spectacle ‘back then’, I’m sure! I don’t know if this is something you’ve ever read, but “Captain Kirk” is Canadian! William Shatner is from the Great White North! 🙂 Cher xo

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      • Don
        November 20, 2014 at 12:05 pm

        I didn’t know that, Cher. I thought he was American. I could of easily made a dangerous faux pas. 🙂


      • November 20, 2014 at 12:06 pm

        *LOL* Well it certainly wouldn’t have given me any reason to take offense; after all, I am a Canadian/American!! 🙂

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  4. November 20, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    LOVE it!!!!


  5. November 20, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    I loaded thousands of boxes into UPS brown delivery trucks headed to Motorola during (?) the days of this research (1978). 1303 and 1301 Algonquin Road. Why I remember the address, I don’t know.


    • November 20, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      No way! Bruce, isn’t that funny how we remember such things! Well I am wondering if your arms were tired, given these ‘brick-like’ phones!!! *LOL* Cher xo


  6. November 20, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Reblogged this on georgeforfun.


  7. Dionysus Amber
    November 22, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Gosh I miss those innocent days 🙂


  8. December 12, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Lovely, great fun! 🙂 Love the comments on your blog, Cher. You can beam me up anytime! 😀


    • December 12, 2014 at 11:31 am

      *LOL* Ah, thank you so much, Dina! I am grinning from my Canadian ear to my American ear! 🙂 And by the way, I am so happy to now be following your blog! And to you my dear I say, “Welcome to The Chicago Files” with thanks!! Cher xo

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      • December 12, 2014 at 11:57 am

        Thank you! ❤ 😀 Nice to meet you, Cher!


      • December 12, 2014 at 1:34 pm

        Likewise, Dina!!! Cher xo


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