Volume 13, No. 1
November 2000

Mercurial Matters

Annual Meetings

Letters to the Editor

Urban Legends & the Challenges of Standardization

Paul Israel Wins Dexter Prize

Email & Website Report

An Artificial Line, or Technology as Spectrology

A Daemon in Her Shape

Lincoln Labs Turns 50

Vogue Picture Records

Media Ecology Book Awards

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That this issue of Antenna is coming together during the week of All Hallows Eve and that it is the first issue of the thirteenth volume have nothing to do with our two lead essays’ focuses on phantoms. Sometimes life—or its phantasmic likeness—just works out that way. That said, the phantoms in question are of quite different sorts, yet all linked to the evolutions and impacts of communication technologies and how mortals choose to employ and represent them. Sounds tricky? Well, yes, but well worth contemplating.

As Mercurians have always contended, communication technologies and their stories seem to bring out rare passions. In that vein, the discussion of “firsts” continues herein with an essay that transcends and analyzes concepts deeply imbedded in western consciousness. Also worth contemplating.

Business matters: If you received a remittance envelope with this mailing, your subscription and membership end with this issue. Please see page 12 for renewal information. Thank you for responding . Thanks to all of you for your interest and support. And thanks to SHOT and the University of Colorado Denver for their continuing support.

Magoun on Phonograph History

Alex Magoun completed his dissertation in the history of technology, “Shaping the Sound of Music: The Evolution of the Phonograph Record, 1877-1950,” at the University of Maryland, College Park, this past May. Congratulations! Dr. Magoun continues as Director of the David Sarnoff Library in Princeton, New Jersey.