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Voices Carry

What havoc hath Alexander Graham Bell wrought?

This story appears in the May 1999 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Charlie had it all. He was suave, sophisticated, and he hadthree beautiful private eyes to do his bidding. Oh, sure, the realdraw of Charlie's Angels wasn't Charlie. But whileevery other 11-year-old in was ogling Cheryl Ladd, myselfincluded, what I really coveted was The Voice coming from thebox.

Fast forward to the 1990s. Nobody's heard Muzak likeI've heard Muzak, and I get my messages returned not withinhours, but within what seems like years. A few years ago, Idelivered a voice mail so pathetic, I later parachuted out of anairplane, hoping to scare myself so badly that answering machineswould no longer wrack my nerves. (It didn't work.)

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