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Communications I could barely spell the word much less comprehend its meaning Yet when Mrs Rubin made the announcement about the new club she was starting at the junior high school it triggered something in my mind Two weeks later during the last month of my eighth grade year I figured it out I was rummaging through the basement and I ran across the little blue box that my dad had brought home from work a year earlier Could this be a modem I asked Mrs Rubin about it the next day at school and when she verified my expectations I became the first member of Teleport 2000 the only organization in the city dedicated to introducing students to the information highway This was when 2400-baud was considered state-of-the-art and telecommunications was still distant from everyday life But as I incessantly logged onto Cleveland Freenet that summer sending e-mail and posting usenet news messages until my fingers bled I began to notice the little things Electronic mail addresses started popping up on business cards Those otherwise-incomprehensible computer magazines that my dad brought home from work ran monthly stories on communications-program this and Internet-system that Cleveland Freenets Freeport software began appearing on systems all over the world in places as far away as Finland and Germany - with free telnet access I didnt live life as a normal twelve-year-old kid that summer I sat in front of the monitor twenty-four hours a day eating my meals from a plate set next to the keyboard stopping only to sleep When I went back to school in the fall I was elected the first president of Teleport 2000 partially because I was the only student in-the school with a freenet account but mostly because my enthusiasm for this new exciting world was contagious Today as the business world is becoming more aware of the advantages of telecommunications and the younger generation is becoming
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