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January 11, 2011
Meet Arthur Page, at Penn State
 
We don't usually hang out on memory lane, but this detour is irresistible. Thirty-eight speeches by Arthur W. Page, starting when he was only three months at AT&T, have been put online by the Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication at Penn State University. What a different business climate they depict!
 
Page, says Dick Jones Communications, the center's publicist, was the first public relations practitioner "to serve on the executive management team of a major corporation, AT&T, which he joined in 1927.
 
You can download all 38 Page speeches, given in the 1920s, '30s, '40s and '50s, in one blockbuster PDF file. There Page is in 1927, after only three months at the telephone company, addressing "all of you fellows" and saying, "I am certain we can provide a method which will bring to the telephone system the public attention, for instance, which Hr. Ford has for the extreme degree to which he has gone into quantity production. I think if the public understood what the Bell System has done, it would have as large an interest in us as it has in Mr. Ford, and perhaps a higher regard because I think we have done some things of a public service nature which he has not." 

It's not often that you can meet up with a PR founder on your computer screen. But, Mr. Page, meet Flack Me's fans. 

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Doug Bedell has a background in journalism and PR and is the owner of Resource Relations LLC in Central PA, focusing on organizational and crisis communication. He’s the community manager of SimplyFair.net, a social network on fairness. On the Web, Doug’s at www.ResourceRelations.com. On Twitter, he’s @DougBeetle.
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