Look out of the window ... - Michele, Venice

06/16/2015 - 03:30 PM

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Michele, Open Access, Telecom Italia, remembers how astonished and moved he was on two very special work occasions: testing the first fax machine and calling his girlfriend with a mobile phone for the first time.

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I am writing with an old pen because, with my thirty years with the company, seeing that it was the legendary 1980s...
As in all the best professional stories, the most beautiful memories are often connected with the initial part of my working history, whether due to age, or to the attraction of the unknown, or because ... the story needs it to be so. Supposing I am asked to record some flashes which imprinted themselves on my mind, I recall two indelible moments which PROUDLY form part of my work Album. The first moment was the occasion when field tests were carried out on a new apparatus which, when it appeared on the market a short while later, would abolish the concept of space-time: the FAX! When the story is told now, it raises a smile, but imagine the moment when you see a sheet of thermal paper faithfully recording, with an almost poetic slowness, but in real time, the information sent by a distant colleague (SPACE), which until the previous day he would have sent you in a letter by internal post, which you would have expected, logically, to take several days to arrive (TIME). The subsequent stage of email seemed to me more of a "natural development": although it was much more sophisticated and convenient, it lacked the amazement factor. Thinking about it, I am the same person, but once upon a time I waited "calmly" for days for the arrival of the paper internal post, while today I often find myself "nervously" pressing Send/Receive to speed up the email which I am expecting…: life is strange! The second moment was when I called my then girlfriend with one of the first vehicle cell phones which was on test in my department and installed in a Panda, well before TIM was founded. I made THAT historic mobile-to-fixed phone call from a country road facing her house, saying to her: "look out of the window, so that I can also wave to you..." . I leave you to imagine the beauty of those two seconds of silence before I heard her say: "but how? ... if you're at work... I don't understand!". I assure you that it was FANTASTIC! I don't know if I have provided the contribution that was expected, but when you talk about Family Albums you are talking about emotions. Unfortunately emotions are subjective and often restricted to those who have experienced them first-hand, and of little account for people hearing the stories. In any case, I regard these two of my photographs, "taken" at "absolute debuts" organised by our Company, as beautiful and a part of me. Yours, Michele

Michele, Venice

“Amazement is to look at the world with the eyes of a child”

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