If you came of age during the 1960s and 1970s, you knew the voice of Jane Barbe, aka “The Telephone Lady.” Her voice appeared on telephone company recordings and voicemail systems across the US. Just listen to this clip, and you will immediately know who I’m talking about.
Anyway, Ms. Barbe apparently had more in her repertoire than “If you’d like to make a call, please hang up.” A lot more.
Above, we have her reciting the first 1,000 digits of Pi. The backstory remains unknown to us. We did some research and came up bone dry. If you know something about the circumstances behind the recording, please let us know in the comments section below. To read along with a transcript of the recording, just click here.
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