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Mon Jul 9, 2012, 08:21 PM

Bell Labs Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Telstar and Birth of Modern Communications

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Bell Labs Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Telstar and Birth of Modern Communications

Source: Alcatel-Lucent
Posted Monday, July 9, 2012

Bell Labs, the research arm of Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) will celebrate one of its great historical achievements with the 50th anniversary of the launch of Telstar I, the world's first active communications satellite. The launch on July 10, 1962, in partnership with NASA, ushered in the era of modern communications including real-time global telephone service, data communications and TV broadcasting.

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Jeong Kim, President of Bell Labs said: "With Telstar and its successors, the world was made a smaller place, as billions of people around the world had instant access to news, sports and entertainment. The phrase 'live via satellite' became part of the common vernacular. At the time, few people would have believed that 50 years later you could actually talk to your house or car, or predicted that children would play video games with other children 10,000 miles away."

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In celebration of this historic moment, Marcus Weldon, Chief Technology Officer of Alcatel-Lucent has offered some predictions on the future of communications as well as some broader topics in society in a blog published today. Visitors to the blog can add their comments, or offer their own predictions on Twitter using the hashtag #Telstar50.

Also, with a nod to the past and an eye firmly on the future, Bell Labs will host a Telstar celebration on July 10 at 10:00 a.m., in the Murray Hill campus Arnold Auditorium. The event is open to interested media, Bell Labs alumni and Alcatel-Lucent employees, with an agenda includes:

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bananas Jul 2012 OP
monmouth Jul 2012 #1
Wilms Jul 2012 #3
wandy Jul 2012 #2
tibbiit Jul 2012 #4
lunasun Jul 2012 #5
JesterCS Jul 2012 #6

Response to bananas (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2012, 08:28 PM

1. I worked at Bell Labs in Holmdel, NJ at this time. A wonderful and exciting experience...n/t

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Response to monmouth (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 9, 2012, 08:50 PM

3. I'd bet!

 



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Response to bananas (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2012, 08:49 PM

2. And a good thing it was.......

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Response to wandy (Reply #2)

Mon Jul 9, 2012, 10:14 PM

4. I was in Elementary school for both Sputnik and Telstar

They were both very big deals to us kids! Those were the days lol.
tib

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Response to tibbiit (Reply #4)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 01:22 AM

5. Telstar first broadcast

showed a baseball game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field

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Response to tibbiit (Reply #4)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 12:06 PM

6. being young I never had those experiences

in school, the biggest thing that happened while I was in middle school was OJ in the white SUV running from cops.

had been Graduated from school by time sept 11th came around

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