This story combines technology,the untimely death of an esteemed colleague and a bunch of bored Agency Creatives.
Just as this Agency had brought one (just one) desktop Mac Computer to the Creative Department, a coworker passed away in the most unfortunate of situations: He went home one day and never came back.
He was found in his apartment days later after his passing. (Details here would fall into the TMI category.)
The Bored Creatives decided to tape the dead man’s voice from his telephone mailbox.
They then transferred the sound bite to the new Mac Computer and assigned it as the sound for wrong command.
People were totally unfamiliar with computers and that “Wrong Command” beep was fairly common in those days.
So in essence we had our dead coworker remind us when we’d made a Macstake.
Until major Presentation Day, when everyone was rushing to get the work out the door — people totally unfamiliar with the Computer were making mistakes by the million, which kept responding the dead man’s name with the deceased’s voice.
Creepy, and annoying.
That day was also the day that a therapist had come to the departed’s department to hold a group session of dealing with loss.
The session required collective screams, which were heard from one end to another, as the computer kept making that sound.
And as the therapy session ended, all these folks heard repeatedly the voice of the man who was no longer.
Creepy and creepier.
That was our Deay of the Dead.