Daily Giz Wiz 75: Phonemate

Episode 75 of the podcast

Subject: Review of Phonemate
Released:Friday 2 June 2006
Length:about 14 minutes
Download file:DGW-075.mp3 (6.6 MB)
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From the Classic Gadget Warehouse: the original answering machine: the Phonemate

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From Dick's Gadget Warehouse
The original PhoneMate Model 400 was introduced in 1971, weighed 10 pounds, and used a reel-to-reel tape (shown on the left).  Dick's was a later model which used a single cassette tape.

"Hi, I'm Lauren Bacall !"

After Bill Gaines got his first answering machine, he started getting messages from celebrities, such as Lauren Bacall, Bill Cullen, Peggy Cass, Gene Rayburn.  Bill thought it was some master mimic like Rich Little playing a practical joke on him.

Mad Philosophy

When asked if MAD had philosophy, Bill answered, "MAD's philosophy is we must never stop reminding our readers how little value they're getting for their money."

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