The Christmas Caller II

The Christmas Caller II

December 22, 1993

I don’t have time for a full post this morning, but because I started the above sequence, The Christmas Caller, I thought I’d best show you the next episode. Those of you who’ve been coming here regularly over time know this blog really is a personal affair that I post more mornings than not while having my coffee and getting ready to meet the day. I hope that explains a lot.

14 responses to “The Christmas Caller II”

  1. I remember well the BI (before internet) days when small businesses took reservation by phone. Big chains, of course, had a toll-free number with people who took your info and made the reservation over the company’s computers. The local motel received info from headquarters, most often on a terminal linked to the corporate’s mainframe, sometimes by carrier pigeon. 🙂
    As a HS student I saw the IBM 360s used by Holiday Inn at their headquarters in Memphis. They actually showed us a few FORTRAN commands and allowed us to write a simple program to calculate what the mythical Dutch payment of $24 for Manhattan would be worth in 1970. We got to keypunch the cards, run them into a reader, and learn about debugging, all in an afternoon.

  2. Look up the strip for 4/2/1993. I wonder if Jimmy was foreshadowing Mary Lou’s appearance? And as I said on Facebook, Jimmy gave Arlo one of his funniest lines in this strip.

  3. Re 8-19-20 real-time cartoon: If sofas could talk…they’d be encouraged not to. “That’s some nice cushions ya got there. Be a real shame if something happened to them.”

  4. I remember the first computer I saw in my university in 1961. It took up an entire room, especially air conditioned (building was not?) Dust free, only a few people had access. My cousin got his phD in computer science. We thought he was a total geek and weird, hard to find employment in early 60s. He ended up dying in his 40s from botched sugery for bleeding ulcers from job stress.

    Computers must have been difficult in early days? I wonder what he’d think of today’s world? As I sit here typing on an Android phone with millions more gigabites than those room size computers he worked with.

    • First computer I recall was at a steel firm near Cincy when a college group toured around ’58. It, too, seemed to occupy a large room. For some reason, the (IBM?) number 7020 or 7040 sticks in my mind. Was either the model of business computer which would have been used then? Anyone knowledgeable in that field is welcome to reply.

  5. Oops, did math, he was my age! He was in early 30s at death in 1970s. His widow got benefits as employment related stress causing death I believe. They must have been bears?

    The computers my friends at NASA operated were huge too, giant banks of technology.

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