October 18, 2001
Rotary phone speed dialer added to Smithsonian
Author: JT Smith
It's not Open Source, but we suppose an argument could be made for its relevance to the constantly changing world of technology. Remembering that if it works, it's obsolete, AP (via CNN) reports that the inventor of the rotary telephone speed dialer is finally getting a little recognition, courtesy of the Smithsonian. Vincent Iannucci was all set to mass-market his invention in 1961 when the Bell System announced its touch-tone telephone.