From SwissInfo: Telecommunications: Switzerland calls time on phone booths On the move The first box was installed in 1881 in the Fraumünster post office in Zurich. Peak booth was reached in 1995, when more than 58,000 could be found dotted around Swiss villages and cities. However, the success of mobile phones at the end of … [Read more…]
From the Washington Post, 10/31/19 – Paul Barrere, guitarist and singer-songwriter for Little Feat, dies at 71. His band confirmed the death in a statement and said he was being treated for liver disease, which forced him to miss a 50th anniversary tour that ended the day after his death. Mr. Barrere, who had battled … [Read more…]
Carlos Cruz-Diez, Whose Art Made Color Move, Is Dead at 95 New York Times, Karen Rosenberg, Aug. 2, 2019.
In a NY Times obituary today, “President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico announced the death on Twitter, calling Mr. Toledo “a true defender of nature, customs and traditions of our people.” No other details were given.”
Fernando Corbató, whose work on computer time-sharing in the 1960s helped pave the way for the personal computer, as well as the computer password, died on Friday at a nursing home in Newburyport, Mass. He was 93.
(From Wikipedia) Qian Xuesen, (11 December 1911 – 31 October 2009), was a prominent Chinese aerodynamicist, cyberneticist and politician who contributed to rocket science and established engineering cybernetics. Recruited from MIT, he joined Theodore von Karman’s group at Caltech. Later, he returned to China and made important contributions to China’s missile and space program. During … [Read more…]
Love them or hate them, Paint By Numbers were a big hit in the 1950’s – this Washington Post obituary highlights the fad and man who created it, Don Robbins. One woman recalled the enjoyment the kits brought to her mother and other relatives as they struggled with illness. “Today, as I cruise the aisles of … [Read more…]