The Story of the Telephone
Now that the telephone is essentially extinct, it’s time to look back at its story and reflect on how our lives were entwined with this communication wonder! Glenn Gilbert grew up with the “party line,” later went on to work for the telephone industry for several years, and spent over thirty years installing and maintaining the telephone system for Goshen College. Join him in a lighthearted, sometimes technical, sometimes humorous, nostalgic look at this 20th-century marvel. Come prepared to share your own telephone stories as well.
Glenn Gilbert recently retired from a 35-year career at Goshen College. In addition to being Utilities Manager, Sustainability Coordinator and Director of Facilities, he also installed and maintained two telephone systems for the campus. Glenn prefers riding his bicycle to any other form of transportation and has actively encouraged residential and commercial solar electric installations in the community. He also is a member of the Goshen Mayor’s Environmental Advisory Committee.