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  •  Very few cord board operators left. (5+ / 0-)

    No, I just use bold to emphasize key terms.

    Warmest regards,


    I do not believe in anything.

    by Translator on Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 07:19:31 PM PST

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    •  People used to call and snort like Lily Tomlin's (12+ / 0-)

      character, then laugh like hell and hang up. Oh, so fun.

      We had 22 incoming lines; 400 extensions and two positions. I worked swing so I could go to classes, so I usually ran it swing shift by myself. Once, the president was on a long distance call, and I turned a knob to see what it would do, and I literally shut the power off to the whole board.

      Dr. D came charging out of his office "What the hell is going on?" I don't know what I said, but it was, you know, a technical glitch, which was suddenly all better.

      I have stories.

      Science is hell bent on consensus. Dr. Michael Crichton said “Let’s be clear: The work of science has nothing to do with consensus... which is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right,”

      by Regina in a Sears Kit House on Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 08:00:46 PM PST

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      •  might have been the Night Service key. (5+ / 0-)

        Night Service controlled a relay that would patch all the trunks through to designated extensions, one to one, when the switchboard was unattended.  

        In any case, there would have been something about it on the instruction plate on the cordboard, above the line keys.

        Someone else I know in the interconnect industry (not on my crew, we never made this mistake) was once pulling cable for a new installation, and found a ratty old cable in the ceiling he thought he could use to tie off to the new cable and pull it through more easily.  Snip! and then from below, in some executive office, "Who cut off my G--D--- telephone call?!"

        Because back in those days, before "the race to the bottom" got underway, a phone call dropping off in mid conversation was a big deal.  Nowadays, when people talk into things the size of candy bars that spy on them, it's become "normal."  How far we have fallen.  

        "Minus one vote for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

        by G2geek on Thu Dec 29, 2011 at 01:32:00 AM PST

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      •  Well...great memories...thanks Doc (1+ / 0-)
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        by Vetwife on Fri Dec 30, 2011 at 05:47:07 PM PST

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