Joybubbles, RIP

Someday there will be no need of the dial tone, and for a few of us it will be as if the voice of God has gone dead. That reassuring voice that will speak to anyone who knows how to listen: like God, it exists everywhere and yet only in your cupped ear, even if you’re a small blind boy with a reputed 172 I.Q. whose parents are fighting late at night.

As a former phreak myself, I was deeply moved by Elizabeth McCracken’s stunning NYT “The Lives They Lived” piece on Joybubbles.

Joybubbles’ NYT Obit, from earlier this year.
Wikipedia article on Joybubbles.

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