Is ‘Hello’ the Surname of Alexander Graham Bell’s Girlfriend?


By T. V. Antony Raj

Scottish-born US inventor Alexander Graham Bell (March 3, 1847, – August 2, 1922) is credited with inventing and patenting the first telephone on March 7, 1876.

An apocryphal version claims that his first two instruments were at his and at his girlfriend, Margaret Hello’s place and the first call he made to commercially test the phones was to his girlfriend!

I came across a post on Facebook corroborating this claim with an old black and white photo of Graham Bell with a lady, that purports to explain the origin of the word “Hello.”



This story about the surname of Alexander Graham Bell’s girlfriend Margaret Hello is false and nothing more. The lady in this photo purported to be ‘Margaret Hello’ was, in fact, Mabel Gardiner Hubbard who in 1876 was engaged to him; a woman whom he married the following year and who remained his wife until he died in 1922.

The first successful telephone call from Graham Bell was to his assistant who was in the adjoining room.

According to, Graham Bell’s journal, which is now at the Library of Congress, contains the following entry for March 10, 1876:

I then shouted into M [the mouthpiece] the following sentence: “Mr. Watson, come here – I want to see you.” To my delight, he came and declared that he had heard and understood what I said. I asked him to repeat the words. He answered, “You said ‘Mr. Watson – come here – I want to see you.'” We then changed places and I listened at S [the speaker] while Mr. Watson read a few passages from a book into the mouth piece M. It was certainly the case that articulate sounds proceeded from S. The effect was loud but indistinct and muffled. Watson heard the words clearly and distinctly, and thus, the first working model of a telephone was born.


A Thamizhan at the Interview!

By T. V. Antony Raj

When Bill Gates came over to Chennai, India, he was flabbergasted at the sheer number of talented young men in India. So, wanting to recruit a new CEO from India for Microsoft in Eastern Europe, he advertised in the media.

Five hundred candidates from all over India came for the walk-in interview at a prestigious hotel. The assembly room spilt over with the aspirants.

Vivekanandan alias Vivek from Kovilpatti was one of those who had come to try his luck.Bill Gates: “I thank you all for coming over. We will make this selecting spree short and sweet. So, those who do not know JAVA may leave.

“Two hundred people left the room.Vivek thought, “I do not know who JAVA is, but I have nothing to lose if I stay!”

Bill Gates: “Candidates who never had the experience of managing more than 100 people may leave.”Another 200 people left the room.

Vivek thought, “I have never managed anybody but myself, but I have nothing to lose if I stay. Risking is like eating a rusk!”. So he stays.

Bill Gates: “Candidates who do not have management diplomas may leave.”Fifty people leave the room.

Vivek says to himself, “I do not have any diplomas, but what have I to lose? I have taken many risks before. This is just jujubes.”

Bill Gates then asked those who were not proficient in Serbo-Croat to leave.Forty-eight people left the room.

Vivek thought, “I do not know what Serbo-Croat is. It must be a new kind of aircraft! I’ll stay.”

So, Vivek stays and finds himself with one other candidate.

Bill Gates said, “Now that everyone has gone I find that you two are the only candidates who speak Serbo-Croat. I myself don’t know that language but I would like to hear you both speak in that language, so, introduce yourselves to each other. “

In a calm and assured manner, Vivek turns to the other candidate and says, “enna paeru, endha ooru,? (What name, which town?)”

The other candidate answers, nonchalantly, “Kumaravadivel Natarajan alias Vadivelu, Madurai.”