In sharing the story about the old phone conversion, I thought I’d post this. I’ve had it in draft for a while. A friend who is very eco-friendly recently said “can phone books just die already”. But ah, memories!
Regretably, I sat on this article for too long, and now the link is invalid. Luckily I saved the content.

Quote from the article:
“Anybody who doesn’t have access to some kind of online way to look things up now is probably too old to be able to read the print in the white pages anyway,” joked Robert Thompson, a pop culture professor at Syracuse University.

“The telephone directory stands as the original sort of information network that not only worked as kind of a social network in a sense, but it served as one of the first information resources,” said Goodmann, a doctoral student at Northwestern University who is writing her dissertation on the history of phone books as information technology. “It’s sort of heartbreaking … even though these books are essentially made to be destroyed.”

Oh the days of phone books. You could nearly tell the history of a town based on phone books alone. I used them frequently in the early day of my skip-tracking (doing adoption searches in the early to mid-90’s).

I “get” that they need to go. I do. But….I’ll miss them. 🙂


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