Here is a commercial for Zoom from 1970

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And here’s an article which slightly preceded zoom (twixt skype n’ zoom) The Fantastic and Troubled History of the Video Phone


fortunately all the bugs have been worked out now… (“you’re on mute Morty!”)
(“tell us again gramps why the @#$ we ‘dial’ our phones?”)

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Aww . . . . from the title I thought this was going to be a two-years-early teaser for one of my childhood favorites:

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Subame hubere.

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Yeah, but can you do this:

armthing

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This was what I thought of reading the headline.

Yeah, I guess I am that old…
Damn.

@gracchus I can still pull a fairly fluent Ubby-Dubby, just FYI.

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The video stars familiar faces like White Male Execs Doing Big Business…

Except one of those “White Male Execs” was a Black man, and he was the one with the solution to the problem. Give some credit where credit is due. Way to go, Cal!

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One thing these old video phones get wrong is you need to be able to see yourself too.

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what is the story behind Periscope Films? are these films licensed from AT&T to be licensed out to people looking for stock footage, or in some way these films already in public domain because they weren’t renewed or something? I wish this was clearer.

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The more things change…

I love Zoom-style videoconferencing. On Christmas Day, my brothers and I had a great conversation with the top of my dad’s head.

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