Back when the telegraph was the fastest method of long-distance
communication, a young man applied for a job as a Morse Code operator.
Answering an ad in the newspaper, he went to the office address that was
When he arrived, he entered a large, busy office filled with noise and
clatter, including the sound of the telegraph in the background. A sign
on the receptionist's counter instructed job applicants to fill out a
form and wait until they were summoned to enter the inner office.