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Who’s Boss–Man or Electricity?

People are always spiriting new devices into the house and all of them seem to depend on this apparently tireless jinni who abides inside the walls somewhere.

What next? Someday they will come up with an electric book that can read you “A Tale of Two Cities.” If you’re bored, you can push a button and get a condensation; another button and the volume is reduced to a breezy review.

Sometimes, in the dead of night, only a few of these machines are working. The clock radio, the refrigerator and the deep freeze, which beat on interminably, like hearts.

Los Angeles Times, March 1959

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