Saturday, April 04, 2009

Hold the phone

On 3 April 1973, it's claimed, the first non-car mobile phone was made by Motorola executive Martin Cooper. It was on the streets of New York - and he was talking on a ... shoe-shaped handset! The shoe phone was, of course, made famous in 1965 by Control secret agent #86 Maxwell Smart, who was anything but. Luckily he was assisted by Agent #99 who was billed as the "clever one" - and, it seems, she was. Back in 1955, she won $64,000 in the television quiz show "$64,000 Question". Her special subject? William Shakespeare.

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