Thanks to Jason for pointing out the demise of Western Union’s telegram service on Friday.
I never sent any telegrams, though Diane had to send one to a Realtor when we were bidding on this house (she was in Florida at the time). Today, of course, she’d send a fax (even back then, faxes were almost available — somewhere in my files, I have a FedEx ZapMail receipt for some part of the paperwork we had to deal with). And we got at least one congratulatory telegram at our wedding. But I guess telegrams had already outlived their usefulness when Western Union started to deliver them by phone.
If there still were telegrams, though, I might have considered sending one today to mark Jeff’s 16th birthday. Happy birthday, Jeff!