Joseph Zimmerman


Age: 92

inventor who in 1948 crafted the very first telephone answering machine (patenting in 1949), the first of which physically lifted the phone off the book, played a 78-rpm recorded message and then recorded a 30-second message via a wire recorder on top of the unit, and who also owned a dozen other patents.

Cause of Death: Natural causes

Born: August 23, 1911

Died: April 1, 2004

Milwaukee, Wisconsin