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The code in this post’s title spells out the name of its creator.

This week in 1845, one hundred seventy-two years ago this past week. He sent a message between Washington D.C. and Baltimore Maryland.

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Before that message was sent, human earthlings could communicate instantaneously only if they were in each other’s physical presence. Sending information meant writing it in symbols of one kind or another and physically sending the writing to recipients. Depending on the location of the recipients, it could take hours, days, or even months to reach them.

All that ended when Samuel F. B. Morse invented and built the first electric telegraph this device transmitted information at virtually the speed of light — instantaneously for practical purposes.

The method of coding, — dot and dash (or in sound, dit and dah) seems cumbersome to us today. And to transmit a complete message was not exactly instantaneous, but the code was refined over the intervening decades, ultimately becoming ones and zeros in digital devices. As was the media used, first copper wires, now electromagnetic waves.

Today it is not only possible for one on a fishing boat in the middle of lake in Texas to instantly communicate with someone else in Asia, the middle of the Pacific Ocean,  and even the moon. Obtaining the facility to do so is within the reach of almost any one, no matter their economic status.

What God hath wrought was in nature for eons. Morse discovered it less than two centuries ago. Remember this when you make the next call with your cellular smart phone.



By bobreagan13

My day job is assisting individuals and small businesses as a lawyer. I taught real estate law and American history in the Dallas County Community College system. I have owned and operated private security firms and was a police officer and criminal investigator for the Dallas Police Department.

I am interested in history and historical research, music, cycling, and British mysteries and police dramas.

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