Martin Cooper, left , a former Motorola engineer, inventor and executive, made the first cellular mobile phone call 40 years ago on April 3, 1973.
The first handheld portable telephone was demonstrated for reporters on a New York City street corner as Cooper contacted Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs using a Motorola device that, according to an AP story looked like "a small, domesticated version of military walkie-talkies" and weighed less than three pounds.
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Prof. Robt. Thompson, Syracuse U's Blier Center for the Study of TV & Pop Culture
The phone connects people in troubled times but also makes them a slave to the constant stream of information it brings .
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