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RE: (jcwren) RE: (3) How do our brains work?

by motomuse (Sexton)
on Oct 20, 2000 at 01:09 UTC ( #37575=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to (jcwren) RE: (3) How do our brains work?
in thread How do our brains work?

Why, you young whippersnapper! Keypads? Dials? Faugh! When I was a girl, you had to thwack the cradle a few times and tell the operator where to switch you!

Actually, no, I'm not that old, but I do remember the rotary dial phone, as well as the trick that you could (still can, I guess) pulse the cradle button manually to dial a number.

But you left out one (probably trivial, but cool nonetheless) detail: those "two letters" you mention were called the "exchange", and were actually leftover from the manual switching days, where you'd tell the operator, "Essex Five Two Four Eight Oh, please." Or "Olympic Two Nine Nine Eight Six." Or some such. And the phone books listed them so: "OLympic 2-9986." In these days of cell and pager numbers eating up the availables, so that new areacodes have to be invented to keep up, not to mention the ability to pick your own number so as to make a memorable text, this doesn't mean as much, but in those days, your exchange was unique to your city and neighborhood. When you left the neighborhood, you couldn't have the same exchange.

This moment of daily nostalgia brought to you by
   - Muse (lifelong resident of the THornwall exchange)

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RE: RE: (jcwren) RE: (3) How do our brains work?
by Fastolfe (Vicar) on Oct 20, 2000 at 01:12 UTC
    I love giving out my phone number as "PArkview 5-6643". Makes for interesting business cards too. Though a lot of prefixes in the city no longer correspond to older-style named exchanges. That usually doesn't stop one from making them up, though.

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