Editorials

For whom the Bell rings

March 12 1960
Editorials

For whom the Bell rings

March 12 1960

For whom the Bell rings

OUR QUIET DELIGHT in the sturdy Canadian birth rate and the imminence of the two-millionth immigrant since the war was quenched by the terrible news that, because of the population explosion, the telephone people are soon going to force us to remember seven numbers when we make a call. Oh. we're for progress all right, and acknowledge the demand for phones as a prosperity index. But surely the Bell is kidding when it states that ordinary human beings can remember seven-digit numbers just as easily as name-and-figure numbers? We can't even remember nameand-figurc numbers. We can't remember inter-office locals. Or our car-license number. Or our liquor permit number. Or our wife’s birthday. It’s going to take a w'hile for these national-debt phone numbers to reach outlying spots but we’re getting in early with a plea that those of us not favored by Mnemosyne get a chance to put our case. That’s if we remember to follow it up.