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Introduction by George Kupczak of the AT&T Archives and History Center

Communications media started with simple forms — signal fires and mirror signaling. But with the invention of the telephone in the 1800s, communications started to move at supersonic speeds. The words of luminaries such as Orson Welles and inventor Walter Brattain mingle with those of everyday folks like the operators of a Mom-and-Pop telephone company in Maine, as they attempt to illuminate why and how we are driven to communicate in this artfully-presented film.

A guide to the film's interviewees, in order of appearance:

Aaron Lemonick
Aaron Lemonick
Dean of the Faculty, Princeton University

Henry M. Boettinger
Henry M. Boettinger
Director of Planning, AT&T

Lilian Jones
Lilian Jones
Granddaughter of Alexander Graham Bell

G. Robert Vincent
G. Robert Vincent
Phonograph Assistant to Thomas Alva Edison

Gioia Marconi Braga
Gioia Marconi Braga
Daughter of Guglielmo Marconi

Jack Poppele
Jack Poppele
Veteran Wireless Operators Association

William S. Paley
William S. Paley
Chairman of the Board, CBS

Orson Welles
Orson Welles

Terry Arsenault
Terry Arsenault
Operator, New England Telephone Company

Barbara HathawayElden
Elden and Barbara Hathaway
Bryant Pond Telephone Company, Maine

W. O. Baker
W. O. Baker
President, Bell Laboratories

Walter H. Brattain
Walter H. Brattain
Co-Inventor of the Transistor

Raymond H. Frost
Raymond H. Frost
Vice President, New England Telephone Company

Linda Pullum
Linda Pullum
Service Advisor, South Central Bell Telephone Company

Vladimir Zworykin
Vladimir Zworykin
Pioneer Inventor of Television

The Tonight Show Staff, plus Ed McMahon and Johnny Carson

Directed, Produced, and Written by Julian Krainin
Krainin/Sage Productions, New York
Winner of a CINE Golden Eagle, 1976

Footage courtesy of AT&T Archives and History Center, Warren, NJ


Release date: 02/14/2011