Figured everyone could relate. My credit union just changed its name to- small letter intended-
innovations. Sounds like a clothes store doesn't it. The women who work there are awesome, though, and helpful.
Gary Brookins is a nationally known political cartoonist and also has this daily comic. He is from guess where? Here in PC. His dad was well known here as a great guy, as well as a newscaster, and an elected official. Because he was employed at the television station at the time that he ran for a county office, his opponent won a decision that was an early 'equal time' broadcasting milestone. Donnell Brookins had a much watched afternoon children's show, and so his opponent,when he got his equal time, had to figure out a way to fill 30 min of air time a day, without cartoons or clown wigs. Donnell Brookins won handily, but did have to resign from Channel 7.
OF course, the absolute best was Fulton National Bank [who] "offers boat loans," etc, etc,etc, "The time is-" which you can link to at Atlanta Telephone History . Scroll down about a quarter of the page, to the bottom of the '51 Ivy' entry and you will see an audio file for 'Time of Day'. Can you tell this is my favorite? That was probably one of the first phone numbers I ever dialed and memorised.I am sure you all knew that you could dial 522-855x any numeral and still reach the 'Time'.
When I went to GSC in Statesboro naturally one of my first tasks was to unpack my clock radio (sadly not the old white Panasonic, someone had borrowed it and I lost track of it). I asked my dorm mates what the number for 'Time' was. After a few puzzeled 'I dunnos' I called the bank with the biggest yellow page ad and asked them what time it was. The girl on the other end was annoyed, to say the least.
Back in Kenwood, 1970s, we had one of those solid as rock black wall phones with the very long cord, in our kitchen. The entire area around the phone was covered with various phone numbers. One day when I was early elementary age, I guess, I called one that I had never known to whom it belonged: 461-xxxx. [I guess I should add that out of the maybe 100, maybe more, that were written there, I knew the info on all of the others.] It was the mayor's! I think either his wife or maybe the older daughter answered, and was very nice and laughed when I told her why I'd called.
As I got older (Jr Hi) and my world, like Fayette County itself, began to open up, I certainly became ashamed to tell anyone that our pale yellow painted plaster kitchen wall was covered with telephone numbers. 'Everyone elses' was covered with beige and brown and flowered 'olde fashioned' wallpaper.
When my daughter and I traveled to see our relatives in Winston Salem a couple of years ago, I used the kitchen phone to call home to let everyone know we had made it. Imagine my suprise and delight when I saw that their wall phone was surrounded by phone numbers written directly on the wall!
Does anyone else remember, or indeed has anyone else encountered this practice? Can you enlighten me on this?
Looking forward to hearing from you all on this! MS SSAM