The Office is a multiple award-winning adaptation of the BBC series of the same name. In this mockumentary of typical office workers, there were daily ego clashes, as well as inappropriate behavior, tedium, romance—and of course, lots of laughs.
In the episode “Prince Family Paper” from the fifth season, the topic of a fax machine enters a conversation between Regional Manager Michael Scott (played by Steve Carell) and Chief Financial Officer David Wallace (played by Andy Buckley). In the segment, David is trying to get facts on a competitor called “Prince Paper.” When David asks Michael for help, the conversation ends like this:
David: There is a small company there, Prince Paper. I can't get a report on it because it's not a public company. But we have been talking about going after their market, so I was hoping you could do some fact-finding for me.
David: I'll fax over some of the things we're looking for.
Michael: Fax? Why don't you just send it over on a dinosaur?
David: Look, this is important, Michael.
Michael: Oh, well then, email it to me.
A funny moment. But apparently, they didn’t know it’s possible to fax by email instead. That’s right. It’s possible to turn your email into a fax machine. So, rather than use a clunky machine like the folks in The Office, you can switch to online faxing. You’ll not only save yourself from fax hassles, you’ll save money too.
So, here’s to the good ‘ol fax machine. We may have a chuckle or two at its expense, but over the years, it has proven to be a movie and TV star in its own right.