(CNN) - Monday is a special anniversary for the communications industry. It was 20 years ago that Neil Papworth sent the first-ever text message.
He had to use a computer terminal to send the message to a colleague's cellphone: "Merry Christmas."
"Texting" had a slow start, but eventually it surged in popularity, especially when it became cheaper than calling.
It is the single most-widely used application in the world; 81 percent of mobile phone subscribers use it.
Now, free alternatives like instant messaging apps are becoming more and more popular, and text messaging is in decline.
Two Oshkosh North players had to be taken off the field in ambulances after colliding in the Division 2 championship game Friday, but their injuries apparently are not as serious as first thought.
Despite all its dominance this season Shiocton entered Thursday's Division 6 state title football game with a healthy respect for Darlington.
Gov. Scott Walker still won't say whether he will sign a bill making it harder to force public schools to drop American Indian nicknames.