The New York Daily News column, written by Helen Kennedy, says:
"The telegram is dead STOP. Gone the way of 33 1/3rd record players, cigarette cases, steamships, rotary phones and typewriters STOP.
In an age of email and cell phones semi-permanently attached to people's heads, Western Union finally said STOP.
The ultimate irony: The company's terse ending of a 161-year era appeared on the Internet. "We regret any inconvenience this may cause you, and we thank you for your loyal patronage," the notice said..........
The first telegram was sent by inventor Samuel Morse from Washington to Baltimore on May 24, 1844, and read simply, "What hath God Wrought!"