If you would like to hear these instructions again....
So 'only' 200 workers. Realize that the big 'cracker' plant many are focused on will have less than 500 jobs in itself when operating someday down the road. Just for context.
But a bigger point I've brought up before. What occupation has really seen the biggest loss in the region over the the 30 years? Some sort of millworker? I am pretty sure that other than typesetter (once needed around the world) the biggest percentage loss locally goes to telephone operators.
Why so many fewer operators in Pittsburgh? Not just has the number of operators collapsed in general, but Pittsburgh was once home to one of the major international call centers AT&T once maintained. So no matter where you were, if you needed help with an overseas call, and that help was much more common in the past, you would likely need help of an operator employed in Pittsburgh. Most are long since gone. I presume the news today is more for customer service folks, but still the economics are much the same. Fewer and fewer people needed to keep the wheels running. Otherwise known as labor force productivity. True all around, but folks forget how much manpower (usually women of course) it took to place a single call. It was once a huge source of jobs all around.
I was going to post again one of the greatest videos out there explaining the use of the newfangled rotary dial phones. Reminds me of a question I've been meaning to ask the crowd. How many rotary dial phones are still in use in Pittsburgh? I know of one successful small business here that still relies on a sole rotary phone. Anyone know where I am talking about, or have examples of your own?
Instead here is something 'new' and more appropriate for the season. Pittsburgh Mayor Pete Flaherty using the "Picturephone" for the first time. Yes, Pittsburgh on the cutting edge of technology long before President Bush called us 'Knowledge Town'. Note the proto collaboration tool at around 3:50.