On March 7, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell was awarded the patent for the telephone.

A few days later, the renowned inventor made the first telephone call ever, calling his assistant in an adjacent room, saying "Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you."

Though perhaps not the most imaginative first statement for a world-changing invention, arguably one of the most important ever made, how could he have imagined the scale of growth that would occur for his new device?

Nearly 147 years later, in early 2021, countless people worldwide watched live on their smartphones as a robot landed on the planet Mars.


Writing is the second oldest form of human communication and has been around since fingers drew in snow and sticks drew in sand. Cave walls were the first permanent recording medium. Written communications didn't really take off until the invention of the printing press by Johannes Gutenburg in the 1440s.

Today we have many methods to make contact: see the "Reach Me" section for info.

Willie: "Who are we going to call now?"

Ellie: "Everybody."

-"Contact", novel by Carl Sagan based on the story written with Ann Druyan

Screenplay by James V. Hart and Michael Goldenburg

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