50th Anniv – Marty

50th Anniv – Marty

If you have been following me for last few days, you know that today is the 50th anniversary of that seminal moment in history that gave birth to the modern wireless industry. And the man that made it happen is our dear friend, Marty Cooper. The newbies in the industry don’t really appreciate or have been exposed to the story and what it took to get things going that’s why we are grateful that Marty wrote his classic “Cutting the Cord” that captures the journey, the moment, and so much more. I highly recommend the book.

Today’s post I want to dedicate to Marty himself.

Almost 104 years ago, amid the Ukrainian War of Independence and the Russian Civil War, heeding to the warning from a young girl, her dad, family, and the neighbors escaped the brutality and the savagery of the war and arrived in Canada. That girl, Mindel, was Marty’s mom. Marty’s dad had also left the clutches of the brutal war in Ukraine. Both helped shape Marty in more ways than one.

Those of us who have had the privilege of knowing and spending time with Marty know how fortunate we are. I have had the chance to meet him, talk to him, engage in discussions, and pondered on the future over panels, firesides, airports, and dinners.

And I treasure every minute of it.

He has influenced and inspired countless peers, young engineers, scientists, and dreamers. Marty has won so many awards and accolades, yet his humility and curiosity continues to be a role model for all of us.

His principle of “always be learning” is something I try to remember every day.

So, Marty, thank you for all you have done for the industry and continue to do for humanity.

And thanks for your friendship!

So, pop up the champagne and three cheers to Marty!