If you lived in the U.K. at anytime in the past twenty-five years, as I did, chances are you know Brian Cobby’s voice: He’s the man who told you the time.
Well, the Economist reports that Father Time died Oct. 31 at the age of 83.
Here’s more from the newspaper:
The job required consummate accuracy, and he had it. This was a man who liked everything arranged just so: notepads aligned on the table, ornaments in their places, a shaken-but-not-stirred Martini every night at 6pm on the dot. He recorded the speaking clock’s 86 separate words in a single take of 50 minutes; though someone forgot to include “o’clock”, obliging him to drive up again to London the next day. “O’clock” was followed by “precisely”, delivered with especial fondness and exactitude; for indeed the time he announced, measured by an atomic clock at the National Physical Laboratory, was accurate to within five milliseconds, more reliable even than computers and mobile phones. In the 21st century Mr Cobby still set right 30m callers a year.
You can read the rest of the Economist’s obituary here.
Brian Cobby, RIP.