The Text Message Turns 20

American VoicesOpinion ISSUE 48•49 Dec 4, 2012

Twenty years ago yesterday, London-based software engineer Neil Papworth sent the world’s first text message, “Merry Christmas,” to a telecommunications executive at a party across town. What do you think?

  • “For me, text messages will never even begin to approach the sexy anticipation of the fax.”

    Loni Carpendale –
    Disulfurizer Tender

  • “Oh, cool. What texts have people sent since then?”

    Ken Blitz –
    Unemployed

  • “I can’t even imagine what people did at parties before texting.”

    Godfrey Agnew –
    Hoist Operator