Blast from the past: A long distance call

1990: I shot a visit to Stockton by then Vice President Dan Quayle. He was to arrive at Stockton Metro Airport, say a few words and then be motorcaded to the home of Stockton developer Alex Spanos for a fundraiser. Air Force Two was running late, so along with the other members of the media, I waited on the press riser. From my vantage point I could see a Secret Service agent standing on the tarmac, waiting like the rest of us. Except he had rolled out what appeared to be a standard telephone connected to a really long extension cord. It ran from his position on the runway about 100 yards or so back to the AG Spanos Jet Center’s office. Talk about your long distance call!

There are a lot of technological advances that we use every day and take for granted. Chief among them is the ubiquitous cellular phone. Kids and teenagers may find it hard to believe, but there once was a time before cell phones. No texting, no Internet in your pocket, no gossiping with friends whenever the whim may strike you.

Here’s a video from the folks at College that shows what one of today’s popular TV shows would be like if it were set in 1994.

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