Minnesota city marks last call for community phone boothLa Crescent, MN (CNN) - It's last call for a phone booth in Minnesota, a piece of nostalgia in our cell phone world.
By: DAVE SOLIE, CNN, CNN
La Crescent, MN (CNN) - It's last call for a phone booth in Minnesota, a piece of nostalgia in our cell phone world.
If you're not paying close attention, you just might miss it, but it's not exactly in high demand. For that reason, along with maintenance, the old phone booth is about to go away.
Todd Roesler – CEO, Ace Communications Group: “Well, it means change. And we're a continually changing and evolving society.”
Jim Jorstad – Director of Academic Technology Services, UW-La Crosse: “It's kind of sad we're giving up a little history.”
Jim Jorstad says we shouldn't give up that history altogether.
Jim Jorstad: “When you look at the phone booth, it's really saying something about our past. It's who we were. But one thing the phone booth can also tell us is who we could be.”
In other words, Jorstad says we can learn something from the phone booth.
Jim Jorstad: “Because in the days of the phone booth, I think we were more personally connected. And I think with technology we've become actually more disconnected. We have cell phones, we text or put it on Facebook. We didn't have those tools. And I think by not having those tools it forced us to talk to people as people - a one-on-one relationship.”
So, the next time you pass it chances are you won't have to use it to talk with someone, but you might take a moment to consider what it's saying to you about where we've been, where we are and where we're going.
Because not too long from now, the old phone booth at the end of Main Street in La Crescent will no longer be there to remind you.
The phone booth is being donated to the local historical society.