Past Present Feature
Gordon Gow, who directs the program, invited me to drop by and listen in, and it was a fascinating hour as the present intersected with the past.
The gentlemen railway operators talked about their love of telegraphy, the history of the invention, the meaning of What Hath God Wrought!, railway timetables, and the characters who used the electric dots and dashes to tell the stories of their time.
And that idea is that human beings are messengers -- and message.
While Jim Munsey and Bill Buchanan shared their stories of sending messages via telegraph, in the very instant they were telling us those stories, weren't they also somehow the contents of the story, the message, transported over the years and physical space just as surely as the dots and dashes they had sent down the lines moved across time and space?
One part of the message who didn't quite get through today was George Campbell , who is in the hospital fighting off some of the effects of being 88 years old. After the talk, Munsey sent George this message, preserved on smartphone: