What the Heck is Electronic Mail?


Today is Earth Day, celebrated April 22. It’s a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. It was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in in 1970 and is celebrated in many countries every year. This date is Spring in the Northern Hemisphere and Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere.

It’s always fun to look back at how far we’ve come with technology.  Perhaps you can say that, in some ways, the earth is better off when we travel less, use less paper for mail and are more efficient.  To find out more about how you can appreciate the environment and take steps to be more “earth friendly” – click here.

Imagine where you were back in the early 80’s.  Remember asking yourself this question?  What the Heck is Email?  Check out this class 1980’s Honeywell ad introducing us to the newfangled “electronic mail.” Gotta love the ash try on the desk and the technology-less office (sans the very “modern” tone-dial phone).


The ad reads:

Electronic mail is a term that’s been bandied about data processing circles for years.

Simply put, it means high-speed information transportation.

One of the most advanced methods is terminals talking to one another.

Your mailbox is the terminal on the desk. Punch a key and today’s correspondence and messages are displayed instantly.

Need to notify people immediately of a fast-breaking development? Have your message delivered to their terminal mailboxes electronically, across the hall or around the world.

Electronic Mail is document distribution that’s more timely, accurate and flexible than traditional methods.

There’s no mountain of paperwork.

Administrative personnel are more effective.

Managers have access to more up-to-date information. Decision-making is easier.

Tomorrow’s automated office will clearly include Electronic Mail. But like the rest of the Office of the Future, it’s available at Honeywell today.

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