How far we've come in communicating and sharing information.
On this date in 1838, 179 years ago, Samuel Morse demonstrated the first telegraph, sending messages using a series of electrical dots and dashes -- short and longer electrical pulses -- representing the numbers and letters that became known as the Morse Code. Six years later, in 1844, the first commercial telegram was sent and over the next several years wires were strung throughout the U.S. to enable fast communication from city to city and eventually around the world.
When I was in Boy Scouts, I learned the Morse Code for a merit badge. And then, in my early teens as a ham radio operator, I used it to talk with other hams around the nation and worldwide. I'm a bit rusty, but I still remember the Morse Code.
To get my ham license, I had to be able to send and receive messages in Morse Code at 20 words per minute. Really good code operators could go at 30 - 40 words per minute, but even at that speed, it could take several minutes for a telegraph operator to transmit a message.
Today we get impatient if our emails and texts don't come through instantaneously.