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50th Anniversary of the First Portable Cell Call

April 3, 2023 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm PDT

The Cell Phone: Marty Cooper’s Big Idea

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You may recall: April 3, 1973; Marty Cooper and Motorola placed the first-ever handheld portable cell phone call from downtown New York. 

Now, 50 years later the Tesla Science Center (https://teslasciencecenter.org/) wanted to organize a Big Gala Event for April 3, 2023 in honor of the 50th anniversary of this groundbreaking moment. Unfortunately, this Gala is now postponed because of several reasons. 

Instead Marty, his family and close friends are having a small celebration in New York. 

For those who cannot make it to Marty’s party in NY the WCA and Marty are inviting everyone around the world to celebrate the 50th Anniversary virtually to honor Marty Cooper and his Big Idea. 


Join us to hear from Marty and some of his close friends about memories and facts around this First Call and what kind of influence this Big Idea has for the Future of Wireless (Back to the Future of Wireless). 

  • Event Introductions and Acknowledgements – Moderator Introduction
  • Roundtable Discussion guided by the moderator
  • Q&A
  • Giveaway
  • Thanks and closure

Confirmed Speakers:

Peter Walther (Moderator) – WCA President –
Chocolate Tasting Officer at aL chocoLat Boutique

Marty has served on the panel of several WCA events multiple times in the past. Although Peter and Marty have had pleasant phone conversations, they have never had the opportunity to meet in person.
Marty Cooper – Chairman at Dyna LLC   

Marty and his team at Motorola Cooper invented the first handheld cellular mobile phone and created the Big Idea. 

Marc Alessi
Director – Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe

Marc and his team of the Tesla Science Center are the main organizer of the Big Gala to honor Marty and his Big Idea.

Steve Sifferman
President and CEO – Aerial Technologies

Steve spent 11 years at ArrayComm, one of Marty’s companies, working his way up from a system engineer to eventually becoming President.

Rick Ellinger – Member Board of Directors at Hiller Museum – WCA Founder and Director Emeritus

Rick is a business associate of both Marty and Arlene, and they collaborated to bring a unique mobile phone system to the market..

Click here for register in advance for this event

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


We will give away one copy of Marty Cooper’s “Cutting the Cord” book. 
You must be present to win. 
We will send the book directly to the winner. 

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