Were George and Gracie the first telecommuters?

In Gracie, A Love Story by George Burns (Penguin, 1988 1 + $3.99 s/h from Amazon), the famous actor and comedian writes,”


“One of the many advantages of radio was that we could broadcast from almost anywhere in the country. In vaudeville, you had to be there; in radio, as Gracie might have said, you don’t have to be anywhere.”

And that’s one of the advantages of telecommuting, thanks to modern telecommunications. You don’t have to be anywhere to go to work. Work is something you do, not a place you go.

If you were born in the last 20-30 years and don’t know George and Gracie, here’s a clip (live TV) that demonstartes why they were such hits in vaudville, radio, movies, and even television.

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