Gazette Improves Web Site
In 1844, Samuel F.B. Morse sent the first telegraphed message from Washington to Baltimore, ushering in an era completely new to mankind—the age of almost instant communication.
Until the day when Morse sent his message—“What hath God wrought”— using the dot-dash code that he invented and that still bears his name, communication between two people was instantaneous only if they were in the same room at the same time. “Snail mail” was just that. A letter took weeks to get from one end of a given state to another and months
to get from Europe to America or from the
East to the West Coast. Morse changed all that. Messages were tapped out on a key by a telegraph operator and taken down and decoded by another operator on the other end of a telegraph wire. Before long, telegraph poles dotted the landscape from one end of the country to the other and Western Union messengers could be seen delivering telegrams almost everywhere.
Time and progress marched on and other people took Morse’s invention and ran with it. Transatlantic cables, telephones and wireless took over. And in the last 15 years, the age of silicon and the microchip have left the successors to Morse panting in the dust. As for Morse, Western Union, the company that dominated communication by telegram for more than a century, announced on January 27 that the last such message had been sent. Cell phones, text messaging, instant messenger service and wireless fiber optics (wi-fi) communication have made telegrams obsolete.
The Gazette has kept pace with the trends in instant digital communication. We first put some selected articles and a few ads from a then current issue online in 1999. Seven years later, we’re proud to say we, too, march in the vanguard of the newest developments in online communication. Every section of the Gazette and all of the ads are now on line at our Web site, www.qgazette.com. Many of the ads link directly to the advertisers’ Web sites, making purchasing the goods and services our advertisers purvey as simple as a mouse click.
Whether you’re reading this online or in print, we consider you part of our family of readers. We’re pleased to offer you the same timely information about the neighborhood, borough and city where you live and work, no matter the format. While we prefer the printed page, we want to reach people in Queens any way we can. The Web is just one more way for us to reach out to you.