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Fast Moving Technology: Is The Pager Completely Extinct?

It’s funny what we remember.  As a 3rd year medical student rotating in surgery I remember quite clearly sitting in my attending’s office at Worcester Memorial Hospital.  He was a vascular surgeon.  I don’t remember his name.  On this particular day I had followed him to his office after rounds.  He had just received his new pager and placed a call to whomever had sent him the device.

It seemed there was a problem.  The device lacked the latest pager feature: vibration.  His current pager only beeped.  The dialog centered around his on-call demands as a vascular surgeon and his love for the symphony.  With a buzzing pager he could sit comfortably in symphony hall without fear of interrupting anyone.

I sat quietly and wondered if I’d ever have a pager that buzzed.

The year was 1990.  There were no smart phones.  There were no cell phones.  There were no PDAs.  All we had was pagers.  And a pager that buzzed was the technology that set us free.

Pager image via Wikipedia.

*This blog post was originally published at 33 Charts*


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