As I was getting on the expressway to go to a networking event last night, I realized I left my cell phone at home.  My palms began to sweat, my heart palpitated, I had trouble breathing.   What was I going to do for the next few hours without my cell phone??

After I calmed my nerves, I asked myself “What in heaven’s name did we do BCP” Yep, you guessed it: Before Cell Phones. That thought made me go down memory lane again and resulted in this BIMD:  No Cell phones.  That’s right.  For years and years in  my early career I NEVER carried a cell phone. Why? Because there were none. And here’s the punchline: it really wasn’t a big deal. From a business perspective who would call you before 9Am or after 5PM?  No one.  We were much smarter back then. 

On the rare occasion that you were outside and couldn’t wait to get home or back to the office and had to contact someone immediately you used the corner payphone.  Yes, the payphone.  They actually worked back then and there were rows of them everywhere – at least in NYC.  Were you one of those that checked the coin slot to see if there was any change left from the previous caller?   C’mon now, you can tell me…

Remember the first cell phones?  Boy, were they clunkers.  They were big and heavy and certainly couldn’t fit in a women’s purse or a man’s pant pocket.  You needed to carry it in a briefcase for the one or two times you’d actually use it in a week- and those were just the showoffs who were trying to impress us by having the latest gadgets!

On the week that Apple introduces the new IPhone 4 and thousands storm the stores to get it and showoff (some things never change…)  it was good to remember our cell phone roots…                                                                                        

Have a good weekend everybody!!!