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Quotes of the Day for 27 March 2004 – Wires

Adolphus Washington Greely was born at Newburyport, Massachusetts on this day in 1844. At seventeen he joined the Massachusetts Volunteers and was wounded three times during the Civil War. Soon after that war he joined the Army Signal Corps and set out to learn what he could about electricity and built the telegraph network for the original Weather Service. In 1881 he volunteered for an arctic mission, leading 25 men to the furthest north point reached to that time. Because supply ships failed to reach him two summers in a row, he returned with only five men. For the next twenty years he strung wire in warmer climes, over 25,000 miles worth in Cuba, Puerto Rico, China, and the Philippines. Today's theme is Wires.

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The quotes:

No cord or cable can draw so forcibly, or bind so fast, as love can do with a single thread.
     - Robert E. Burton, 1577 - 1640

I just received the following wire from my generous Daddy: "Dear Jack, Don't buy a single vote more than is necessary. I'll be damned if I'm going to pay for a landslide."
     - John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1917 - 1963

There is a lull to the very air of the place, the creaking of the tall teak forests, the lapping of the canals, the gentle swaying of the little kingfishers who sit like neat blue idols on almost every telegraph wire.
     - James Morris, on Thailand

The wireless telegraph is not difficult to understand. The ordinary telegraph is like a very long cat. You pull the tail in New York, and it meows in Los Angeles. The wireless is the same, only without the cat.
     - Albert Einstein, 1879 - 1955

I sent the club a wire stating, "Please accept my resignation. I don't want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member."
     - Julius Henry "Groucho" Marx, 1890 - 1977

Nuclear war would really set back cable.
     - Ted Turner


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