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Trivia Question for January 9, 2014 – The iPhone

iPhoneWe’ve got another “On This Day in History…” Trivia Questions tonight.

They seem to have been around for a long time and millions of folks have them.  On this date in history, January 9th, Apple CEO Steve Jobs took the stage at the Moscone Center in San Francisco to introduce the iPhone to the world.


In what year was the iPhone Introduced?

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Trivia Question 2/21/13 – The Telephone Book

Walking FingersLast week we had a Trivia Question about telephones and I thought I’d continue along that stream this week as we say Happy Birthday to the Telephone Book.


Born on February 21st in New Haven Connecticut, how old is the Telephone Book?

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Trivia Question 2/14/13 – The Last Switchboard

SwitchboardToday is Valentine’s Day, a day when a lot of people probably make a lot of phone calls to distant loved ones.  And speaking of phones, that’s the subject of today’s trivia question.

In 1923 telephones were installed on Catalina Island with an undersea cable connecting them to the Mainland.  To make a phone call, you picked up the receiver and turned a crank on the phone to ring the operator at a switchboard.  The operator would then connect you to your party using a patch cable on the switchboard.

It turns out Catalina Island was the last site in the AT&T telephone system to do away with operator service, install dial telephones, and go to a direct dial switching system.


In what year was the last AT&T operator switchboard shut down on Catalina and the system converted to direct dial?

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