Jack Arrington, father of TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington, offers a look at one of the first commercial breakthroughs in information technology.

It’s amazing how things like computers have become so integral to our lives that we don’t even think about what things were really like before they were around. I got mad one summer because I couldn’t deposit my paycheck to my Texas account at Bank One…from Michigan. But in the fifties it would have been a hassle to deposit it from the next county.

John Dyer (Don’t Eat the Fruit) talks about this in reference to a lecture given by Neil Postman: “Technology Tends to Become Mythic“.