WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011, 4:47 P.M.

Emails from the grave

Just finished my Sunday story on how low long distance charges have resulted in a ho-hum attitude toward those calls.  I interviewed a telecommunications expert from South Carolina, Gene Retske, who said within five years phone calls won't be nearly as popular as they have been through history. People will do a lot more texting and email to conduct business and keep in touch.

Then he said: "I was watching an old Twilight Zone today. If Rod Serling were around today, he'd have (episodes) featuring emails from your dead parents."

For all other Twilight Zone fans out there, think back to how many of his episodes featured people communicating from the great beyond.

I still it's a shame Serling died at 50, of a heart attack. Who knows what more he could have created. Emails from the dead?

(AP archive photo)

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