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Alan Kitty <[log in to unmask]>
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Sat, 14 Dec 2019 10:26:35 -0500
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It is my understandings that Tesla introduced the idea of the cell phone to Twain at the Chicago Exposition in 1893. Mental telegraphy was Twain’s interpretation of our innate mental connection with others, also known as Extra-sensory Perception. To paraphrase, Mental Telegraphy is in play “when, during a conversation about someone neither of you have seen or heard from in years, that person walks in the door.” 


Alan Kitty, Executive Director
Mark Twain Education Society

“Laughter can shatter the most colossal humbug; blow it to rags and atoms with a single blast.”

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> On Dec 14, 2019, at 9:17 AM, Clay Shannon <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> In Twain's August 16, 1898 letter to Howells from Austria, it could be construed that he is forevisioning the smart phone and texting (although calling the future technology "mental telegraphy" and "mesmerizer-button").
> If you do not have that letter handy, I have recorded it and posted it on YouTube ( and on my facebook page (
> - B. Clay Shannon