When I took office, only high energy physicists had ever heard of what is called the worldwide web … now even my cat has its own page.
Former President Bill Clinton
What do the Sears Roebuck catalog and the birth control pill have in common? Both revolutionized the experience of the recipient.
In the late 1800s Americans moved west following the emergence and expansion of the railroads. When the postal system was added near the turn of the century, it created the conditions for the birth of the mail-order catalog. Richard Sears, always a genius with clever phrases, bannered the cover of the first Sears Roebuck catalog with “Book of Bargains: A Money Saver for Everyone,” “Cheapest ...