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"None of us, no matter what continent or island or ice cap, asked to be born in the first place, and that even somebody as old as I am, which is 80, only just got here."
- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Automated Wake-Up Call  
  A device that provides automated wake-up calls.  

I have no idea when hotels started using an automated dialer to provide wake-up calls. This one is also personalized.

Soft chimes roused Magnus Ridolph; he opened his eyes into the violet gloom of Kokod dawn. "Yes?"

The hotel circuit said, "Five o'clock, Mr. Ridolph. The first party for today's battle leaves in one hour."

From The Kokod Warriors, by Jack Vance.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1952
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