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I was recently watching the talented comedian, producer and urban philosopher Jon Stewart joke on TV about how we don’t seem to have learned much from the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic. Stewart said that in his research on 1918, he expected to find somewhat different remedies floating around. “I thought there was going to be some kind of old-timey, like, ‘Drink apple cider and mercury and that’ll be the elixir for your vitality.’” Instead, what he found was familiar advice: “Try to stay inside. If you don’t stay inside, wear a mask and socially distance.”That got me thinking about what else could we learn from the past? Well, after some reading, it’s now evident to me that our forefathers weren’t as “old-timey” as we might imagine. (Either that, or we’re not as modern as we think.) Ahem! think positive – let’s assume our ancestors were really smart.Anyway, what I found via my own 1918 pandemic research was that the emerging telephone was for a while the Zoom videoconference of the time, and that it eventually failed in that role. It was initially targeted as a way for people to stay connected with each other, and …

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