The Computer Telephony Conference and Exposition is hitting town this week at the Los Angeles Convention Center. More than 600 exhibitors, three "Killer App" theaters with product demos, seven pavilions and 200 speakers will be featured.
In addition to all this are six seminar tracks--call-center tutorials, intranet and Internet telephony, computer telephony starters, technical tutorials, enterprise-productivity workshops and marketing and success strategies.
For more information about the conference, which runs Tuesday through Thursday, call (800) 999-0345, Ext. 2, or go to the Computer Telephony Expo Web site at http://www.ctexpo.com
* Yee Ha!: Today in 1836 the Lone Star State declared its independence from Mexico. It happened in the town of Washington, Texas, somewhere between Brenham and Navasota. More on the little town can be found at the Washington Visitors Guide site, at http://www.ipt.com/city/outarea/washton.htm. For more information, check out http://www.texas-on-line.com/graphic/history.htm, which has a history of Texas, or http://www.lnstar.com/mall/texasinfo/texas.htm, which also has demographics. If you're more interested in Mexico, head over to Important Dates in Mexican History (http://mexico.udg.mx/Ingles/Historia/datos.html).
* Bell Tolls: Alexander Graham Bell has two milestones this week in history. He was born March 3, 1847, in Edinburgh, Scotland. And March 7, 1876, he received a patent for his telephone. If you want to read more about Bell, point your browser to http://www.invent.org/book/book-text/7.html, which has a biography of his life and accomplishments. Or check out what they're studying at the Alexander Graham Bell Institute in Canada, which is dedicated to the memory of Bell and his work. The site even has a Kids Zone with games, experiments and links. The institute is at http://bell.uccb.ns.ca/
* Green Stuff: Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan is celebrating his 72nd birthday this week. "The son of a stockbroker and retail worker, Greenspan displayed a gift for figures at a young age, often impressing his mother's cronies by solving mathematical puzzles in his head." More details on Greenspan's life can be found at http://www.abcnews.com/reference/bios/greenspan.html. The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (http://www.bog.frb.fed.us/) includes reports to Congress.
* On Key: In 1814 Francis Scott Key, after being detained on a British ship at Ft. McHenry in Baltimore during the War of 1812, was so delighted at a morning sighting of an American Flag that he wrote a poem to commemorate the occasion. "The Star Spangled Banner" became popular and countrymen and women began singing it to the tune of "To Anacreon in Heaven." But it wasn't until March 3, 1931, that Congress formally adopted it as the national anthem. For a history of the anthem and the words to the song (extra points if you know more than one verse), go to http://www.eng.uc.edu/~bjabbari/anthem.htm. Ft. McHenry, considered the birthplace of the national anthem and the guardian of Baltimore's Harbor, is online at http://www.nps.gov/fomc/index.htm
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