BoingBoing reader Phil Lapsley says,
Joybubbles (formerly Joe Engressia), often called the granddaddy of phone phreaking, died last week at 58.
Blind since birth, Joybubbles amazed with his ability to make free telephone calls simply by whistling into a phone. He was one of the central characters in the seminal 1971 Esquire article on phone phreaking called "Secrets of the Little Blue Box."
Multifaceted, he was as famous for his encyclopedic knowledge of the telephone system as he was for listening to all 800+ episodes of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood when Fred Rogers passed away in 2003. And, he was a heckuva nice guy.
Reader comment: Jeff says,
I'm not sure if you would want to post this but he is featured in this movie.