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Friday, May 21, 2010

Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

I am taking the liberty of forwarding you the following message from Arlene Harris since it is time-sensitive.

Dr. Martin (Marty) Cooper is considered the inventor of the first handheld cellular phone and the first person to make a phone call in public on a handheld cell phone prototype. Cooper and the engineers who worked for him, and John Mitchell are named on the patent "Radio telephone system" filed on October 17, 1973

In 2006, Cooper co-founded, with his wife, Arlene Harris, Jitterbug Wireless, a U.S. mobile virtual wireless operator (cooperating with the Verizon network). The company provides mobile telephone service carried on its own brand of handsets, which are marketed specifically to the elderly.

They are truly the "first lady" and the "first gentleman" of the wireless industry.

From: Arlene Harris
To: Family, Friends and Colleagues
Sent: Thursday, May 20, 2010 6:00 PM
Subject: 60 Minutes

Hello family, friends, and colleagues,

The call came earlier this year — those words “60 Minutes want to talk with you” used to mean you were about to become chopped liver. Thankfully, the original investigative show has become much tamer and now occasionally focuses on human interests stories. Hours of film and interviews has been trimmed to 12 minutes and will air this Sunday. The feature is Marty’s story about his life and role in the beginning of the cell phone revolution — a curiosity that started with Morley Safer’s read of a similarly positioned Economist article last year. It’ll be interesting to see what is aired — hopefully a kinder and gentler human interest story.

Bye for now,

Arlene Harris



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