Posted by: mikecane | April 2, 2009

Antique Tech In My Lifetime

Miracle Mile is a 1988 movie tied into the nuclear-war fears of the Reagan era.

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It stars Mare Winningham and …

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… a very young very pre-ER Anthony Edwards …

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… and a significant role by a post-Tasha Yar Denise Crosby.

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Brilliant direction by …

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…. Steve De Jarnatt.

Let’s look at what the dark ages of 1988 (or thereabouts) had.

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Tethered public pay-per-call telephones

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Monochrome cathode ray tube analog televisions with analog VHF/UHF over-the-air broadcasting stations that would actually go off the air at a certain post-midnight hour!

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The height of then-tech: cellular phone and portable computer (TRS-80 Model 100)!

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Pre-CNBC/Bloomberg stock market ticker.

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Tethered public pay-per-call telephone in enclosed booth.

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Printed newspapers in public pay-per-copy kiosks.

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Look closely on the telephone fascia: Pacific Bell!

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Cellular phone as large as Maxwell Smart‘s imaginary shoephone!

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Tethered public pay-per-call telephone in bulbous kiosk.

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Since it was probably filmed in 1987, all of the above reflects America from twenty-two years ago.

Some of you reading this weren’t born then.

Now I feel very old.

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