From the Desk of
Michael Blichasz
American Workers' Advocate
Host of the Saturday Variety Program at 11 A.M.
& American Workers Radio, 11 A.M. Wednesdays
860 AM Radio WWDB • Philadelphia, PA
Commentary from Saturday, July 29, 2017

It Was a Historic Day in America!

The Buy American Made Campaign received a tremendous amount of feedback from the July 22, 2017 commentary where we discussed more than 240 million Americans using their cell phones every day. Today, I want to take a brief look at the background of the cell phone in America. It was on April 3, 1973, that Martin Cooper, who invented the first wireless cell phone at the Motorola Corporation in Chicago, held a press conference.  He took the hand held wireless mobile phone and called AT&T Bell Laboratories which was Motorola’s competitor. This was the first hand held wireless mobile phone introduced to the public, and it was made in America.

Over the years, there have been many upgrades to the cell phone making it easier to use and carry.  Today, 240 million Americans use their cell phones for communications, to listen to music, connect to radio and television programs, just to name a few.  However, as you look at the packaging of the cell phone you purchased, you will see it is not made in America which hurts many levels of American Workers from producing the cell phones themselves to designing new and improved cell phones for the future. 

Supporters of the Buy American Made Campaign feel it’s time to restore the engineering abilities and technologies in America that will address today’s needs and the next generation of cell phones.  We’re not suggesting that everything must be made in America again, but it would be good to restore the manufacturing of at least 50 percent of the cell phones presently sold in America being made by American workers.

We are proud to acknowledge Martin Cooper from the Motorola Corporation in Chicago as the father of the cell phone and welcome America’s present day engineers to help restore manufacturing of cell phones in America where the cell phone was invented.

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