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Read Richard John's book, "Network Nation: Inventing American Telecommunications." John is at Columbia University and is usually quite willing to help people out with questions.
You can also contact me if you like, firstname.lastname@example.org - curator at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.
I am a postdoc at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and I am looking for a roommate from Wed, October 7-Sat, October 10 for the upcoming ASA meeting in Toronto. Message me at email@example.com if you are looking for a roommate for those approximate dates. I am also willing to consider someone who only needs a roommate for the dates of October 8-10.