March 10, 1876

On March 10, 1876, the first telephone call was between Alexander Graham Bell and his assistant. It was recorded that Mr. Bell said, “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you.” The lesser known second call was also between Mr. Bell and Mr. Watson and it went like this.

 

“Ahoy Hoy!”

“Ahoy Hoy to you, Mr. Bell!”

“What are you doing this fine afternoon, Mr. Watson?”

“Working on another of your inventions, sir.”

“That’s grand.”

“Certainly, sir.”

“Any thing else to report, Mr. Watson?”

“No sir.”

“Well, then, good-bye Watson.”

“Good-bye, Mr. Bell.”

“Have you hung up yet?”

“No sir.”

“Well, hang up.”

“No, sir, you hang up.”

“No, you hang up.”

“It would be most impolite if I hung up on you, sir.”

“Not if I tell you too, so hang up, Mr. Watson.”

“Twould still be impolite, sir, so you must hang up first.”

“Do you want to be paid for this week’s work, Mr. Watson.”

‘CLICK. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.”

 

And so ended the second telephone call in history.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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