Vietnam War memories, and telecommunication memories Posted on January 16, 2022 by Joe SchrinerJanuary 16, 2022 Catching up on the last couple months… For Veterans Day 2021, I did some writing about area veterans. One of them had been a Chinook 47 helicopter mechanic in Vietnam. The base was set off aways from the front line, but this veteran said he saw a good number of casualties/injuries. For a “Christmas present” in 1965, his division built a MASH unit pod to be shipped to the front line. It got there Christmas eve. This man said he was tremendously proud he had served, despite some of the negativity some soldiers experienced coming back from the war. And speaking of the Vietnam War… I also did a story about a local Ten Thousand Villages (fair trade) shop. Among many items, they feature a line of jewelry — made from bomb casings in Cambodia. During the Vietnam War, America regularly bombed the supply lines to North Vietnam, some of which were located in Cambodia. What’s more, bomb casings, all these years later, still are strewn across the landscape. “Craftworks Cambodia” helps subsidize some artisans to make the jewelry, while Ten Thousand Villages pays fair trade prices and displays the jewelry… I also did a two-part feature on telecommunications in the early part of last century. It was a time when homes had rotary phones and villages had “switchboards.” What’s more: “In April of 1920, the Ohio Public Utilities Commission ruled that the use of profanity over a telephone was justification for discontinuance of service.” And the switchboard operators would have to ‘make the call’ on this. Can you imagine the pressure, given the callers were neighbors?