Quite a few people have asked me about "my" photo on Red Room. It's actually a statue called "The Spirit of Electricity" (The Original Cable Guy) which as been at AT&T headquarters since about 1916. It was sculpted by Evelyn Beatrice Longman who died the year I was born. Alas, I'm not quite as handsome as the feller...my only resemblance to him is the fact that I'm usually tangled up in a bunch of cable. I first became aware of this statue back in around 1965 or so when my dad gave me a book about electricity and phone technology, published by AT&T longlines department in 1928. A black and white photo of the statue was in the book's fronticepiece. I still have the book. I understand the statue has been moved a few times since its original unveiling.
I can't handle live lightning bolts, but I have been knocked on my keister by electricity a few times, and lived to tell about it.
This statue actually predates the golden age of radio by a decade or so, which makes it all the more astonishing. There was a certain amount of romance and publicity about the Transatlantic Cable (a chunk of which Golden Boy holds) but nothing compared to the decade that followed. Electrical Technology was still a mystery, and its practicioners held on a high pedestal.....if not gold plated. :)
I'm still waiting.
Causes Eric Nichols Supports
Free Burma Rangers, Partners Ministries (Thailand), Literacy council of Alaska, Access Alaska.