Graduate credited with inventing singing telegram | Mercer Made

George Oslin yearbook photo
George P. Oslin, as pictured in The Cauldron, Mercer's yearbook.

George P. Oslin, a 1920 graduate of Mercer University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is credited with inventing the singing telegram.

As a Western Union executive, he sent the very first singing telegram — in which a Western Union operator sang to star vocalist Rudy Vallee on his birthday — on July 28, 1933, according to The New York Times.

Oslin’s career also included working as a newspaper reporter, writing magazine articles on telecommunications and writing for encyclopedias. He died in 1996 at the age of 97.

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