A few days ago I had lunch with my dear friend Donetta – a fellow BYU public relations program alumni. Over a plate of pulled BBQ pork, we laughed about what was cool when we first started our careers.

The biggest laugh … the pager.

My heart swelled with pride and self-importance when my boss handed over the box in which a brand spankin’ new Motorola flip pager with a full keyboard was protectively wrapped in plastic. That was a defining moment of my career. I, Laura Cotton, was important enough for people to want to reach me outside of normal business hours. That was in 2000. Yeah … I’ve since gotten over that.