You needed excellent credit at first to get a cell phone
Of all your family and friends and other numbers,as well!
At first, there were just women operators; men came much later as opserator
It was strictly a woman's job
Civil Rights had not yet come. Martin would come later
And there was a costly fee
The area code had to be within your state
Sometimes, you even had fun talking with the operator!
Human interaction, absolutely necessary "for life"
Back then, if you got no response after three or four times, no problem
"Call missed" was not available
Concern for others well-being
Verbal communication, absolutely ,necessary for the best possible communication
A computerized voice assisted you with yourquestions
But if you wanted to talk to a person
It was only after listening to an obscene number of directions by pushing buttons
That you may get a "live person"
Most of us complained about it in one fashion or another
We avoided bill collectors
We could look and see if we wanted to respond to a particular number or person
There was a fee for this service and we grumbled
True, these services were beneficial,. but AT A COST to our humanity
No more Clark Kent transformations into Superman