Pledge Drive Bells
They’re just wrapping up another pledge drive on my local NPR station. Listening to it brings back to mind a question that’s nagged at me for a few years now: as you listen to the breathless pledge-pitchers, you hear telephones ringing in the background as people call in. But they’re the telephone sounds of 1975, back when there were literally ringing bells in your phone. Nobody owns those phones anymore; no phones make those noises anymore.