Did you ever notice this about Area Codes?

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  1. Colo Springs E

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    As an aside, I'm 51 now, and remember my phone number from when I was 12 to 14 years old: 4-7-5 -- 4-3-8-5. Also, we shared a line with a couple of neighbors. That's right, if they were on the phone, you had to wait.

    But life was soooooooo much better then! :D
     
  2. grandstick

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    We didn't get touch-tone dialing in our area until the mid-1980's. My girlfriend's phone was on a party-line, so we always had to listen out to see if anyone else was eavesdropping on our calls.

    We used to be able to make calls by just dialing the last 5 numbers (ex. 8-1212). We could also dial a number that would ring our own phone (9-9911) - you dial that number, then hang up. The phone would start ringing. Always fun to do when I knew one of my brothers or sisters were waiting for a call. ;)
     
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    Ever pick up the receiver to call someone and they were on the other end of the line?

    I did once. Freaky. Hardly surprising really considering the situation: the surf report on the radio had just finished so my friend had dialed my number, but my phone had not yet rung as I picked up to call him.

    Can remember what the waves were like, but I still remember thinking I might be a telepathic [ha!] for a few seconds.

    Thought I'd lost my mind for a while there.
     
  4. geoff_in_nc

    geoff_in_nc Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Similar to NickJD tapping the phones, we found out in my freshman year of college (82-83) that we could tap the plungers on the dorm phones quickly to dial. So rapidly tap 8 times to dial an 8, or 3 times to dial a 3.

    It didn't make it faster or easier, but it was "cooler"... haha.
     
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    Granite 8 7878, was my phone number as a child. You do the math.
     
  6. Murky

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    The area code near the space center in east central Florida is 321, to signify the countdown to blastoff. I thought that was a nice touch.
     
  7. tlagosh

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    I had a rotary phone until the late eighties. I never won a single radio call in contest.
     
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    We would "predial" the first six (6) digits...wait for the question and dial the last one.
     
  9. Papa Joe

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    Hell, I remember pre-dial..Small burg where I lived had 3 digit numbers for a while then 4 and so on..Think Andy Taylor and Barney..
     
  10. tlagosh

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    Wow. That never occurred to me! My friends never thought of it either. Or at least they never shared with me!
     
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    As a kid in the nineties, I was fascinated with the old rotaries! I thought they were the coolest thing. My neighbor now is a retired phone company employee and he has a huge collection of antique phones all the way back to the ones you actually had to ring!
     
  12. Jack S

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    Back in the day when the rotary dial was standard and they weren't running out of numbers, certain numbers had special meaning. As mentioned all area codes had a zero or one in the middle digit, and at one time all numbers in the U.S. (at least in the Bell System) where the last four digits started with nines were pay phones. There were a couple of other number rules where certain digit combinations meant something, but I cannot remember them right now.
     
  13. bloomz

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    Well my first phone number was 1310J


    Figure that one out


    You picked up the receiver and told it to the operator.


    I'm guessing there was a spaghetti cable console at the other end.


    Yeah I guess I'm getting old - anyone else?
     
  14. Papa Joe

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    My mother was a switch board operator back in the 20s..
    I went to California in 1966..Stopped at a truck stop out in the desert after nearing LA to call my brother to alert him..The phone booth was outside..I had to laugh when I learned that I needed to crank a handle to make a call..In 1966..lol...
     
  15. Westerly Sunn

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    I grew up in 919! of course, it then changed to 910! But that was well after the demise of rotary... :lol:

    I'm not complaining though, I miss that wonderful tactile clackety-clackety-clackety...

    ...and yeah, Keyboards should still click also! :lol:
     
  16. Westerly Sunn

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    How many of you?

    I still remember not only the # I grew up with... (no surprise there) but also the number of my favorite girlfriend from back then also.


    How many of you remember that number???
     
  17. Westerly Sunn

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    To facilitate the creation of passwords of course! :lol:
     
  18. Westerly Sunn

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    Yep, dialing within the exchange where I grew up (where I live :lol:) you only had to dial the last 4... iirc...
     
  19. Westerly Sunn

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    Preach it, Man!

    There was a round hole in the wall and an elongated hole behind my father's place at the supper table.

    1 for his fist and 1 for the back of his chair...

    That phone rang during supper and everyone froze... Of course, you didn't even think about going for the phone.

    Thing was, when he answered it... Sweet as apple pie... :lol:
     
  20. Westerly Sunn

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    Yep, I remember being really interested in the fact that when the phone rang at my Granddaddy's house, he would advise me as to whether that was "our ring" or not... You didn't listen in though... That kind of behaviour just wasn't allowed.
     
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