Thank you Marconi!

Do you remember 1895? Well old and all as I appear, and never mind what Elly says, I don’t remember it either. I am sixty and not 112! So what am I going on about?

Guglielmo Marconi an Italian inventor proved the feasibility of radio communication when he sent and received his first radio signal in Italy in 1895.

By 1899 he flashed the first wireless signal across the English Channel and two years later received the letter “S”, telegraphed on 12th December 1901, from England to Newfoundland. The signal was sent via a 160ft/52m aerial in Cornwall, England, and Marconi received it at St John’s, Newfoundland, where they used an even higher aerial kept aloft by a kite. This was the first successful transatlantic radiotelegraph message. At the time the feat was applauded on both sides of the Atlantic.

So today, the 12th December as we phone, text, blog, podcast and Skype to one another across the world, may we not take it for granted but celebrate the life, vision and the work of Guglielmo Marconi!


14 thoughts on “Thank you Marconi!

  1. Thank you, Marconi and Grannymar 🙂

    “So today, the 12th December as we phone, text, blog, podcast and Skype”

    It’s all thanks to ‘Google’ Marconi?

  2. Conor ~ I always feel I must answer the phone by the third ring.

    Steph ~ If Marconi came back would he like the way ‘Google’ behaves?

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  4. Cute site, first time here…I think… The phone, is my keeps me from doing what I really want to do.. Now I know who to be mad at..

    No really I have three emails….4 voice mails..a cell phone and home phone. I rarely have time to just zone out and at’s getting harder..

    Love your site…

    Dorothy from grammology
    call gram

  5. Grannymar,

    I’m not saying I’m old or anything, but not only do I remember Marconi, I think I DATED him !!!!!!

  6. Grannymar – I’d like to suggest that you make it a New Year’s resolution to allow the phone ring 4 times (or more) before you answer it.

    It was a standing joke in our family the way our mother used to panic whenever the phone rang. Eventually she tripped one day and broke her wrist in her hurry to answer the phone. And to put it in perspective, it was a wrong number 😦

  7. My first visit here too but not my last. I am not too fond of the telephone and would not ever have a cell phone because I want to be unreachable! (Probably from seeing five kids through teenagehoodom.)


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