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Phone Phreak JoyBubbles Used His Noodle For Cheap Calls

by | 14th, August 2007

RIP: Joybubbles, Granddaddy of Phone Phreaking, 1949-2007

BoingBoing reader Phil Lapsley says, Joybubbles (formerly Joe Engressia), often called the granddaddy of phone phreaking, died last week at 58.

Blind since birth, Joybubbles amazed with his ability to make free telephone calls simply by whistling into a phone. He was central character in the seminal 1971 Esquire article on phone phreaking called “Secrets of the Little Blue Box.”

Multifaceted, he was as famous for his encyclopedic knowledge of the telephone system as he was for watching all 800+ episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood when Fred Rogers passed away in 2003. And, he was a heckuva nice guy.

There’s no one great link here, sadly; wikipedia article is here, a good tribute to him is here; news of his death here.

Dont’t panic! You can get cheap calls – FREE calls – with Noodle here.

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