Norman Hackerman on the Phone, nd

On days like this when things get to be too much I can always console myself with the knowledge that at least I don’t need two telephones to keep things in order:

It’s not dated but looks to be quite early in his Rice tenure, circa early 1970s I’d say. I don’t know why he’d have two telephones.

Bonus: Seen on an office door.

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4 Responses to Norman Hackerman on the Phone, nd

  1. Lynn L. Elsenhans says:

    It appears that one of the phones is connected to a modem. Perhaps one dedicated to that and the other for talking?

  2. Bob Swanson says:

    I would have a hard time believing he had a modem in the 70s. The machine in the background is for dictation.

  3. grungy1973 says:

    Perhaps he didn’t want one of these on his desk (in order to have 10 lines):
    https://grungeworthy.files.wordpress.com/2020/03/screen-shot-2020-03-04-at-7.28.38-am.png?w=600

  4. marmer01 says:

    I’m inclined to agree with Grungy. That’s a way to get more lines. It’s also possible that he wanted to have conference calls where only he could hear the other parties.

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