Strowger, an undertaker, was motivated to invent an automatic telephone exchange after having difficulties with the local telephone operators, one of whom was the wife of a competitor. He was said to be convinced that she, as one of the manual telephone exchange operators, was sending calls "to the undertaker" to her husband.
Isn't it more than a little bizarre that an undertaker comes up with this highly complicated, highly technical, new machine invention? And the quote makes it out as if nobody else had even thought of this, as if just "thinking about it" magically makes it appear as a real thing. As if telephone companies and tons of scientists had not been thinking about it since the advent of the telephone?
He conceived his invention in 1888
I always thought that they had manual (human) telephone exchange operators well into the 1960s and beyond in most of the world, even as late as in the 1980s in many places? And this is talking about 1888? Am I not reading this correctly? Am I confused somehow?