|Samuel Morse, 24 May 1844|
Many who were expert in its use have faded from our ranks.
"Human wormhole" is a phrase coined by blogger Jason Kottke after learning that American president John Tyler (our 10th president) was born in 1790 and still, as of 2019, has two living grandsons - one in Tennessee, the other in Virginia at the old family home.
"To meet either of these two octogenarians would be like shaking hands with the 18th century - and someone needs to come up with a name for that concept - thus the term human wormhole".
|President John Tyler|
We can't own radios as old as the Code for they had not yet been invented. Some keys are pretty old but they're expensive to buy if in operational condition. And the oldest you'll find is probably around 115 years old.
But the Morse Code, today on its unofficial birthday, is 175 years old and is available and at your service.
Although we use a different form on radio and a different medium than wires, the concept is the same and I hope to exchange lots of dots and dashes this weekend with stations near and far.
Good luck in the contest to my fellow human wormholes!