In defense of NASA: was Re: Wirin' up blinkenlights

From: Douglas Quebbeman <>
Date: Mon Jun 12 14:42:58 2000

Ok, at least three people have questioned my remark,
so I'd like to restate it. I was going to let it pass,
but here goes.

An article in an old issue of Radio Electronics,
which was a construction article using surplus
equipment, made the remark that fax'es weren't
a new invention (new meaning 50's-60's) but that
Toshiba had built and sold them in Japan since

I posted this remark as a reply to someone who
said that the facsimile machine had been invented
in the 1700s. I found this difficult to believe
as I would have thought that an electrical infrastructure
would have been a necessary requirement.

I was corrected on this.

For anyone who misread my message and got instead that
I thought electricity had been deployed after 1928
needs to go back to school and learn English all over

Of course, if we were talking about Arkansas, I
do believe the fax machine is older than Arkansas
having electricty.

Any Black Oak fans out there? :-)

> -----Original Message-----
> From: []
> Sent: Monday, June 12, 2000 1:33 PM
> To: ''
> Subject: RE: In defense of NASA: was Re: Wirin' up blinkenlights
> > I was aware that Toshiba was building facsimile machines in 1928
> > in Japan, but I didn't know the ability to send an image to a remote
> > location predated the deployment of electricity.
> >
> > -dq
> You can't possibly be serious. Electricity was deployed in
> the late 1890s
> and by 1928 fairly widely.
> Allison
Received on Mon Jun 12 2000 - 14:42:58 BST

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