Dr. Heywood Floyd (William Sylvester) in videoconference with daughter on Earth
(Actually Vivian Kubrick is the daughter of director Stanley Kubrick)
Shuttle to the International Space Station
Rotation creates gravity on the Space Station.
"Picturephones" are available on the space station
Dr. Floyd: "I'll meet you at the restaurant.
There's a call I'd like to make."
Dr. Floyd presses the button to open the door.
The door slides open to the videophone booth.
He takes a seat in front of the videophone.
He finds a credit card with room on it.
He inserts the card.
Videophone is ready to place call
Dr. Floyd dials his home number.
"What are you doing, Squirt?"
"Playing. Are you coming to my birthday party tomorrow?"
"I can't, Sweet Heart. Daddy's traveling."
"Is there anything you would like for your birthday?"
"We have lots of telephones already.
Can't you think of anything else you would like?"
"A bush baby"
"Ok. We'll see about that.
Tell Mommy I called and will call again tomorrow.
Now you be a good girl, and have a happy birthday!"
Inexpensive global communications
Scenes from 2001: A Space Odyssey by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
by written permission request. Based on the novel by Arthur C. Clarke
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