Submitter: I just found this book on the shelf in our academic library. Being 25 years old, some sections are more outdated than others. Particularly amusing from today’s perspective are the bits about communication: public pay phones, long-distance phone calls, and telegrams! I actually thought telegrams had gone by the wayside a lot sooner than 1988.
Holly: Anyone new to this country would be very disappointed to find out that pay phones are not in booths, gas stations, lobbies, etc. and that answering machines are not “becoming widespread,” but disappearing as voice mail takes over. Western Union might have still sent telegrams in the late 1980s, but it wasn’t as common as this book makes it sound.