Wireless Pioneers Plan 25th Anniversary Celebration of Cellular

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<p><strong>Highlands Ranch, Colo. &mdash; June 5</strong><br />A group of wireless telecommunications leaders committed to preserving the history of the industry for future generations announced plans for a dinner celebrating the 25th anniversary of the launch of cellular communications. The event, Cellular 25, is scheduled for Oct. 13 in Chicago. <br /> <br />The Cellular 25 celebration marks the kickoff for the Wireless History Initiative (WHI), a broad-based, nonprofit industry foundation forming to preserve and promote the history of wireless telecommunications through professional networking and educational outreach to the general public. </p><p>WHI also plans to document the paging, public safety and private radio services that predate cellular. Some of these offerings existed as early as the 1920s.<br /> <br />The Cellular 25 evening celebration reuniting pioneers of the wireless industry will follow a ceremony at Soldiers Field in Chicago earlier that day, marking the launch of cellular telecommunications. CTIA is sponsoring that program and is co-sponsoring the Cellular 25 event. </p><p>Plans for the evening, including a reception and dinner, are designed to allow maximum time for re-establishing professional and social connections. <br /> <br />The initiative was launched by Arlene Harris, founder of Jitterbug and CBSI; Elizabeth Maxfield, attorney and former senior vice president of CTIA; and Judith (Lockwood) Purcell, managing director at Coracle Group LLC and founding editor of <em>RCR Wireless News</em>, <em>Wireless Week</em> and other telecom business publications.<br /> <br />&ldquo;This is a timely and deserving initiative,&rdquo; said John Stanton, founder of Trilogy Partners and Western Wireless Corp. &ldquo;Wireless is one of the great success stories in this country, the poster child for competition and innovation. I support the goal of recording the history of the industry so the lessons of wireless can energize future generations of entrepreneurs and innovators.&rdquo; <br /><br />&ldquo;We are planning a landmark occasion with attendees who were instrumental in creating and commercializing this great industry 25 years ago and even earlier,&rdquo; said Harris. &ldquo;Individuals and trade associations across the industry have responded enthusiastically to our organizing efforts, and we look forward to building upon this strong momentum.&rdquo;<br /> <br />&ldquo;We are pleased to support this celebration honoring the individuals who created a new world of wireless,&rdquo; said David Diggs, vice president and executive director at CTIA and former market research and planning manager at American Radio Telephone Service. &ldquo;We look forward to working with WHI as it engages pioneers, as well as people everywhere, in the compelling past and future of wireless.&rdquo;<br /></p>

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