S.O.S. – How the Titanic established the need for wireless telegraphy or radio

The Titanic is much in the news at present with its centenary and the 3D re-release of the hit movie of that name.  As a proud citizen of Godalming, we remember Jack Phillips, the senior radio operator, and local hero.  He is credited with manning the radio to the end trying to get help for the stricken liner.  I knew all this, but what I didn’t realise till this week, is that at that time, the radio was seen as a piece of new fangled gadgetry with dubious serious use on a boat.  Post-disaster it became de rigor.  It is hard to imagine that radio was once seen in this light, so essential has it become. 

On a smaller scale I remember when I was working for SmithKline Beecham some 20 years ago, a huge global corporation and early adopter of email, being sent on a training course with the site director.  He sat next to me and scornfully enquired why he was learning this when he had a secretary?!  By the time I left, a mere 4 years later, people of his grade were spending 2-3 hours a day working with email!  These days, in Britain alone, we send 2,000,000 emails   a   MINUTE!

What is unthinkable at one moment in time becomes taken for granted moments later.  Such is Change!  Try to think the unthinkable and maybe you can be the author of Change in your Life and your business

“It’s not true I had nothing on, I had the radio on.” Marilyn Monroe

Resources:

  1. Titanic and radio
The distress signal picked up by a 14 year old

This is what the radio was like back then

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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