The Calling: Thomas Watson and the First Telephone (The First Podcast)

PODCAST You may know the story of Alexander Graham Bell and his world famous invention. You may know that Bell made the very first phone call. But do you know the story of the man who ANSWERED that call?

His name was Thomas Augustus Watson. He met Bell when he was just 20 years old, inventing the telephone just a couple years later.  Watson left the employment of Bell at age 27 a very rich man. What would you do with all that money? This is the story of the joyous and sometimes unusual consequences of being associated with an invention that changed the world.

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04 THE CALLING: THOMAS WATSON AND THE FIRST TELEPHONE

The educational film that is featured in this week’s show.


The first telephone call was inspired, as legend goes, by Alexander Graham Bell spilling acid on his pants.

Credit: Antar Dayal Illustration Works Getty Images
Credit: Antar Dayal Illustration Works Getty Images

The voice of Thomas Watson

 

Watson in 1902

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Watson in 1930, holding the original Bell telephone

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Alexander Graham Bell in 1905

Museum of the City of New York
Museum of the City of New York

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