Pluggers by Rick McKee for August 17, 2022

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    TonysSon  over 1 year ago

    That looks like Samples of Junior’s comic wit.

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    Kymberleigh  over 1 year ago

    It’s true. Growing up, I lived in the “Miller” exchange (MI3) but they went to all-digits (643) about the time I started kindergarden so I never had to really learn it. But I remember it, because our phone at home still had the old insert in the middle … because my mother refused to put the sticker over it that the phone company sent.

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    yankeetexan202  over 1 year ago

    I still remember my folks number from back in the early 60’s!

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    Templo S.U.D.  over 1 year ago

    Sounds like my grandparents’ childhoods and early adulthoods.

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    Zykoic  over 1 year ago

    Party line. Our phone was 3 rings.

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    electricshadow Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Transylvania 6-5000

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    PraiseofFolly  over 1 year ago

    I certainly miss those old exchange names; can recall them after many years. Especially for radio and TV ads. I can still hear in my mind the deep voice singing,

    “Hudson Three-Two-Seven Thousand!”

    … Although I can’t recall the business with which it was connected.

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    jmolay161  over 1 year ago

    That far back? That guy must be Alexander Graham Plugger!

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    danketaz Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Hee-hee, hee-hee, hee haw. Hee Haw!

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    flyertom  over 1 year ago

    My parents’ phone number when I was a kid was VAlley4-XXXX. You didn’t have to dial the VA (82) part, just 4-XXXX and you got through.

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    Tigrisan Premium Member over 1 year ago

    GA 1-XXXX – two party line and every time we tried to use the phone, the busybody down the road was gabbing away.

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    pathfinder  over 1 year ago

    Our phone number(when I was VERY young) was DEsoto 5642. Changed (don’t know why) to MIdway 5642. Changed to MIdway 8 5642. This goes back to the 1940s. Guess I’m a plugger.

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    dumbphrog  over 1 year ago

    KE3 6784 my folks # for over 40 years

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    zerotvus  over 1 year ago

    “Factory air…same air in them tires what come out of the factory”

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    juicebruce  over 1 year ago

    All I Remember are numbers … No letters … Sorry .

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    Geophyzz  over 1 year ago

    Google Beechwood 4-5789 for some great Motown Music.

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    sheilag  over 1 year ago

    Long ago when I worked for the VA Medical Center, I had to update personnel files. Some of the long term employees had their old personnel sheets (we kept the old ones and put news ones up top). Several had their old phone numbers on their sheets, like “CApitol 2 – xxxx” or “FEderal 3 – xxxx”.

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    chris_o42  over 1 year ago

    When I was very young our phone number was PL1-6019. For some reason I never forgot it and I’m 73 now.

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    mako887  over 1 year ago

    Still remember the first phone number I had: WA6-3234.

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    captainkodak1  over 1 year ago

    That was the first thing I thought when I saw the comic. Long live He Haw!

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    Greg Sheremeta Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Or remembers He-Haw

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    pheets  over 1 year ago

    That actually IS a bit before me.

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    ajr58(1)  over 1 year ago

    And, the letters stood for something. The exchange at our house was RI (verside) 9

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    david_42  over 1 year ago

    When I retired, the town’s phone area didn’t include the whole town (all of 2300 people). The pharmacy was a toll call from my house.

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    ctolson  over 1 year ago

    And the telephone rang in short and long rings for the intended party. After which, when the intended party answered the phone, a 15 seconded waiting period in-sued before others also silently picked up if the receiver to listen.

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    rhpii  over 1 year ago

    My Grandparents number from 75 years ago Cherry3-2338. Ours was Atlantic5-5590. Before then you could dial with just the last 5 numbers and get connected.

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    GreenT267  over 1 year ago

    Our phone number was 3 digits and most of the county was on party lines. When you wanted to make a call, you picked up the phone and the operator would answer, “Number please,” and you would either give the number or a name. If we wanted to call Long Distance, we would tell the operator what city/state we wanted to call and would get connected to a different operator and we would dive the name and sometimes the address of the person we wanted to call. We didn’t have phone books. Later on, we got a dial phone (attached to the wall with a long cord, but the numbers stayed the same. We just had the option of dialing the 3-digit local number or dialing O for operator. In 1960, the town put up street signs for the first time and every household was issued a house number. Before that I didn’t know I lived at the corner of 4th and Johnson or that my house number was 906. We hadn’t needed house numbers and street names before because there was no home delivery — everyone had a PO Box. Also, no more local operator. We had to dial 5 of the 7 digits of our new phone numbers. It took another decade before we had to dial the full 7 digits. And there is still no home delivery. When I sold the family home in 2006, I took the house number out of the kitchen drawer and laid it on top of the window sill so the new owners could attach it to the house. Last time I was back, it was still laying on that window sill.

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    kpdrsn  over 1 year ago

    Mine was AM-6-0371

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    Just-me  over 1 year ago

    The enduring legacy of Hee Haw…I miss the show and the music, sadly most of the singers and cast have transitioned from this life to the hereafter.

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    sarverjoe  over 1 year ago

    Older pluggers remember operators.

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    Jefano Premium Member over 1 year ago

    When I was a kid, our phone number was 2 digits, a letter, and another digit.

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    Robert Wilson Premium Member over 1 year ago

    In Dresden, MO it was LOgan.

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    walstib Premium Member over 1 year ago

    No one noticed BR549? A great country band.

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    Rose Madder Premium Member over 1 year ago

    OX[ford]2-4181 – so ours was 5 numbers plus the first 2 letters of the prefix/word. Small town of about 4000.

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    exness Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Mid 1950’s, 5678R(ural).

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    Watchdog  over 1 year ago

    GL adstone 5 1492 and hand to wait my turn on the party line to call but interesting listening to everyone else meanwhile.

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    mcclurem Premium Member over 1 year ago

    A Hee Haw reference and a great band from the 90’s

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    Caldonia  over 1 year ago

    Sure hope I never get this angry about a change that happened 60 years ago.

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    KEA  over 1 year ago

    FL7-4442 (my first tel. # — many, many years ago)

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    contralto2b  over 1 year ago

    I wasn’t old enough to have to memorize the 2 letter, 5 number phone number but I do remember having one. My grand parents had a party line where they cranked the handle and waited for the operator to get on line then asked for the party they wanted. (they lived in rural Wisconsin) When we moved to Virginia in the mid 60s we got our phone number (7 digits) and kept it until my mom moved in with my sister and had to give it up 50+ years later. Really sorry to see that number go. I still remember changing from suing 7 digits to having to use all 10. I do however, remember having to use the operator to find the phone number for businesses and people. I remember trying to find someone in Kentucky (I knew his name and what town he lived in), that I had lost touch with, but a good friend of his had died and I knew that he would want to know. The operator was so helpful. Our local operator got me in touch with the operator in Kentucky who got me in touch with the operator in the town who found the person I was looking for. I was great! And this was in the late 70s!!!

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    holdenrex  over 1 year ago

    I consider myself a plugger but this predates me. I do recall being able to call people on the same exchange by dialing only five numbers.

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    TheWildSow  over 1 year ago

    And how many of us little Catholic Pluggers in the pre-Vatican II era assumed that “Etcum-Spiri-2-2-0” was God’s phone number?

    (Hope that Latin phrasing makes it through the censor-bot!)

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    Dorothy Ownbey Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Where I grew up, we only had to remember the last five digits of a phone number!

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    goboboyd  over 1 year ago

    Prefixes we had – CA3-Captial 3 and BB5-Blacburn 5. And that was crazy because you could previously dial, or ask an operator for, just four numbers. Shhhhhik-tik tik tik tik tik.

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    ellisaana Premium Member over 1 year ago

    My parents’ exchange was Jefferson 2- I also remember when pay phones were a dime, and when you had to pay more to call long distance.

    Before we married, my husband bought a house in the outer suburbs of DC right along the line between two counties. He had the choice of two different exchanges. One would allow us to call every phone in our county for free. The other gave us free service into DC. Because he ran a home business, my husband opted for the ‘free service to DC’ but then it was long distance to call the county fire or sheriff department, or our next door neighbors who had the other exchange. (911 hadn’t been set up back then.) Within a year, he had two different phones— a business line on the exchange that was free to DC, and a personal line on the local county exchange.

    We had underground phone lines which was a novelty at the time. Mice would get into the outdoor phone boxes and chew on the plastic. During spring rains, our phones would get scrambled, or wouldn’t work at all.

    Later, the company I worked for paid for us to add a third line—dedicated to a fax machine. Between home and both businesses, we had 3 lines with about 8 phones – some single line, some multiple. Much later we added DSL, then cable & FIOS.

    What made the old phone system even more fun was my husband and a Ma Bell phone tech buddy of ours wired the whole house with a mongrel system to handle all the lines. Some rooms had one phone with multiple lines while other rooms had multiple phones — Some phones were rotary. Others were digital. Towards the end, (before we began using cell phones and changed over completely to FIOS,) the phone company would routinely send their new techs to our house just to see the old technology.

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    ms-ss  over 1 year ago

    Our number was 254J. The Gambles hardware store where dad worked was 152.

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    mafastore  over 1 year ago

    Where we lived until shortly after I turned 5 was Hyacinth 5…. Don’t remember the rest – but it was 60+ years ago and I was NOT allowed to make any calls.

    Where we moved half the phone numbers started OR and the other half started RO. Talk about confusion.

    Now we have something like 4 or 5 phone numbers – and if we get 2 calls a month (other than the spam calls from “the other” political party and from our medical insurance companies trying to get us to sign up for different coverage it is a lot.

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