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Dr. Richard A. Thompson


Dr. Richard A. ThompsonIEEE Pittsburgh Section
Annual History and Awards Dinner
Mabel to Ma Bell to Babel – The History of Telephony in the US
Dr. Richard A. Thompson, University of Pittsburgh

This discussion of telephony will cover many aspects of the telephony industry. In addition to the technical history, the legendary people, regulatory events and social impact of the telephony industry will be explored. The different aspects, and how they interact will also be discussed. We will see that telephony is has been a reflection of its times for more that 125 years.

Dr. Thompson has been with Pitt's Department of Information Science and Telecommunications since 1989, and has been Director of the Telecommunications Graduate Program in since 1991. Before that, he worked for a total of 20 years at Bell Laboratories.

Place: APICS Castle, Wilmerding
Date: June 25, 2003
Social: 6:00 PM
Dinner: 6:30 PM $15 per IEEE Member, $25 per couple
$20 for non-member, $35 per couple
Awards: 7:15 PM (No-charge)
Program: 7:30 PM (No-charge)
Shrimp Savannah or Chicken Cashew
Marmalade Carrots
Twice-Baked Potatoes
Salad, Roll, Butter
Strawberry Cheesecake
Coffee, Tea, Soft Drinks

For reservations or information, contact Tom McDermott at (412) 650-8491, or

Advanced payment for dinner is needed by June 23, 2003. Please make check payable to "Pittsburgh Section IEEE", and mail to Tom McDermott, 1601 Village Green Dr, Jefferson Hills, PA, 15025. Be sure to indicate your entree choice, and include a phone number or email address. Again, there is no charge for just attending the awards & program portion.