Looking Back on When You Were Big Time With Your Pager in Tyler, Texas
Because its fun to reminisce about the days of old, I thought it would be fun to go down a nostalgia hole today. This bit of way back thinking was started by a story out of New York City. That story led me to thinking back to the late 90's and even early 2000's of a complement to the cell phones of the time. And if you had one, you were a big deal.
Earlier this week in New York City, the last two pay phones that were set up on the street were removed. These pay phones, located on 7th Avenue, will now be a part of the Museum of the City of New York in an Analog City exhibit. And while these pay phones are the last of their kind, there are still a select number of pay phones on private property in New York as well as four phone booths that are like the ones Christopher Reeve's Clark Kent would hop into to turn into Superman.
Reading this story took me back to the late 90's, not when I had a cell phone, but when I had a pager. For the kiddos reading this story, a pager was a device that was as small as a business card to as big as a jumbo poker card. I was needing an image of a pager and was talking to my co-worker Lucky Larry about it. He said hold on a second and came back with the item below:
He still had the pager our company issued to him many, MANY, years ago. This one is about the size of a business card. We put a brand new AAA battery in it and it still turned on. Of course, there was no service to it but hearing that start up sound was very nostalgic.
There was a phone number attached to the pager that your friends would call from either a cell phone, if they had one, or a land line which was the most common. You would then input your number that would then be sent to the pager for you to call back.
From there, you would either go to the nearest land line or find a pay phone, like on the wall in the Broadway Square Mall next to JC Penny, and call your friend back. You could also send short text messages through the pager.
You were the "it kid" in school if you had one, too. Especially if it was one with a translucent colored case. I remember having a blue one like that. I remember having one in my first couple of years at the station in the early 2000's that was as big as a jumbo poker card. It would page me if the broadcast tower went down or if there was some kind of severe weather.
That was a cool trip down memory lane. For those of a certain age reading this, I hope it took you down that lane and put a small smile on your face.