Re: Digest Number 348

Leri <msleri@...>
 

I had a party line in Alaska. The only one who got in trouble with it was the other party who was drunk most of the time. The shortage of sunlight in the winter tends to render even the soberest disoriented after nap time. One winter evening I was talking on the phone my drunk compadre came on the line and shouted "Is it morning or night?!?!?!" Taken aback, I scolded him and told him to get off the line. He retorted, "I will as soon as you tell me, godddammmiiittt, Is it morning or night?!?!?!"

Leri Thomas

----- Original Message -----
From: JWhitten@...
To: WJMA@...
Sent: Saturday, August 14, 2004 10:44 AM
Subject: RE: [WJMA] Digest Number 348


Did anyone as a child get in trouble for listening in on a party line?

It seems a bit silly now that people have private conversations in public places on their cell phone.

Thank goodness for the Amtrak Quiet Car.

-----Original Message-----
From: Phlodbear@... Sent: Saturday, August 14, 2004 10:11 AM
To: WJMA@...; WJMA@...
Subject: Re: [WJMA] Digest Number 348

In a message dated 8/14/2004 9:36:54 AM Eastern Standard Time, WJMA@... writes:

> The Dark Ages of telephone service


I still remember the phone number when I was a small child living in rural New England...HEmlock 5-9292.

We moved to Gordonsville when I was eight, and I remember vividly being able to call anyone within the Gordonsville exchange (832) by dialing the last four digits. In fact, you could dial three because back then everyone's four digit number started with a "2." Ours was 2225 and it remained that way until we sold Tivoli in 1999. Look up any long standing resident's phone number in Gordonsville and I'll bet you their four digit number starts with a "2." And yes, a call to Orange was indeed a long distance affair requiring the services of the operator. I also remember doing an interview with some phone company people, and they told me that whenever WJMA had a call in contest, the mechanical switching in the building on Bellview would go crazy, effectively rendering the town of Orange incommunicado for a brief moment.

Phil Audibert
'76-'86









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