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New info via telegram!

I’ve got news I can’t wait to share with everyone, but as I wrote it, I realized that it was a VERY short blog post.  Some of you might be thinking, “A short blog post from Ron?!  Thank heavens!”  Hah, you people think you’re so funny.  Well, I’m one-upping you by posting it in a slightly different way – via telegram (or at least a telegram style of writing.)  During the 1920’s and 1930’s, it was substantially cheaper to send a pithy (other cool synonyms: aphoristic, epigrammatical, or marrowy) telegram across the country than it was to make a similarly short long distance phone call.  About 20 million were sent in 1929 – compared to a measly 20,000 in 2005.  Western Union stopped sending telegrams in 2006 for that very reason.  In a world of faxes, emails, text messages and incredibly cheap phone calls, the telegram was eventually doomed to failure.

From an NPR article: The thing that will most likely be remembered about the telegram is “the prose style the economic of telegraphy engendered. Punctuation cost extra, so the word STOP substituted for a period. Otherwise, it was brevity in the extreme — pronouns, verbs omitted.”  So, here’s our big news, telegram style:

UPDATE ON BABY RACK STOP BRENDA SAW DOCTOR TODAY STOP RACK GROWING AT FAST RATE STOP DELIVERY WILL COMMENCE ON DEC 3 STOP LUKE HAS POOPY DIAPER STOP

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November 7, 2008 - Posted by | Family News | , ,

3 Comments »

  1. Yeah! That is so exciting! I have forgotten if you guys had found out if it was a girl or boy. Do you know?

    Comment by Liz | November 7, 2008 | Reply

  2. P.S., your Halloween costumes are so cool! I LOVE it!

    Comment by Liz | November 7, 2008 | Reply

  3. You would have to fit a history lesson in, wouldn’t you? I’m excited for baby Rack. : ) I bet Brenda is, too.

    Comment by Ve | November 9, 2008 | Reply


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