The Cell Phone Turns 40 Today

It was 40 years ago today, in 1973, that the first phone call was made from a hand held wireless telephone. Father of the cell phone Martin Cooper being adorable.

The cell phone's inventor, then Motorola employee Martin 'Marty' Cooper was reportedly inspired by Captain Kirk’s gold flip-top ‘communicator.' Cooper himself placed the first call himself while crossing 6th ave in New York City on that fateful April day. The famous first phone call recipient? Joel Engel, Cooper's rival at AT&T’s Bell Labs. Burn.

Cooper is now 84 years old and co-founder of the incubator Dyna LLC in Del Mar California where he 'advises companies and the government on a wide variety of telecommunications issues.' We salute you Mr. Cooper. If weren't for you, this: oopswrongpersons.tumblr.com wouldn't exist and we wouldn't have sat at our desk crying tears of laughter for about ten minutes straight this afternoon.
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