Can You Hear Me Complaining About Your Driving Now?

Five seventy five a minute? Thats a bargain!
Five seventy five a minute? That's a bargain!

A New York Times article notes that as early as 1983 concerns were being voiced about cell phones causing distracted drivers. It’s pretty obvious that’s been the case, as the image above of phone company rep Bob Barnett making the first cell call from a car demonstrates- he’s so involved with describing his new Chrysler LeBaron convertible that he’s oblivious to the cadré of trench coat-clad flashers in front of him.
Source: [NYT]

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  1. LTDScott Avatar

    Is that John C. Reilly.

  2. engineerd Avatar

    What is that clipped to the sun visor?
    I like that they all have name tags. That way the medical examiner can identify the bodies when the douchebag on the cell phone runs through the crowd.

    1. joshuman Avatar

      A garage door opener maybe? Or, perhaps it opens the gate to the large mansion this man lives in.

  3. Tanshanomi Avatar

    That's way too modern looking for me. I want a handset that looks like one of these IMTS (pre-cellular) units…
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  4. Tim Odell Avatar
    Tim Odell

    I am amazed anyone ever got laid in the 80s.

    1. .357- Das Über Cool Avatar

      Cocaine is a hell of a drug.

    2. Novaload Avatar

      They didn't. They only thought they did.

  5. muthalovin Avatar

    Did John Voight own that LeBarron?
    Look at all those Beltless Trenchcoats!
    If only there was someone doing Little Kicks in the background, the picture would be complete.

  6. njhoon Avatar

    "Hello? Who's there, I'm talkin? Hello? Who is this? Baxter… is that you? Baxter! Bark twice if your in Milwaukee… Is this Wilt Chamberlain? Have the courage to say something! Hello?

  7. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar

    At first I thought it might be Jon Voight's LeBaron, but then I remembered that one was green and had wood siding. (Joh, John?)
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    1. muthalovin Avatar

      That car is pure sex.

    2. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

      Green, wood-paneled, and on fire. Oh, no, that was a certain film.
      George shoulda bought the '89 244.