#288 Hung Up on Time
The Frommeyer Apartments on
They started that in 1907 when the place was built. And now, at age 100, they’ve finally given up.
The Frommeyer was said to be the last apartment house in all of
So was this: You wanted to know the time, you called
Haven’t thought of that in years, have you.
Well, apparently, not many others did, either. And state by state, the phone companies discontinued the service. The next-to-last was
That means there’s only one state in the entire union that still has a call-up time service. The state is
Now, there may be a good reason for this. After all,
In a brilliant journalistic move, the Los Angeles Times asked the wing of ATT that serves
In an equally brilliant publicist-for-hire response, the company said “until we can no longer repair the equipment if it breaks down.”
Which is another way of saying that they’ve downsized so much that all the guys who know how that stuff works don’t work there anymore. And no one has the wiring diagram. And the woman who modeled the automated voice died 50 years ago. And besides, who can get parts for those old things.
Must be the service is still making money in the State of
Back at the Frommeyer, you couldn’t make that call to
So, most of the residents now have computers, their own clocks, televisions with the Clock Channel pre-programmed into their HDTV “Favorites.” And they have their Rolexes.
As for the rest of us, we’ll have to face facts: we’ve been hung up on.
I'm Wes Richards, my opinions are my own, but you're welcome to them.
(c) 2007 WJR
(Parts of this item were first aired on my WBLF radio program.)