TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Re: Long Distance = 211 (was Sid Ceasar and Phones)

Re: Long Distance = 211 (was Sid Ceasar and Phones)

Neal McLain (
Thu, 01 Sep 2005 20:13:24 -0500 wrote:

> I wonder whether "211" was just a California thing in those
> days? If so, wasn't Jimmy, Raymond, and Grace (oh what a
> beautiful woman ;-) in an apartment house in NYC?

Greenwich Village.

> [TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: I know we had '211' in the
> Chicago area in those days and in New York City as well. PAT] wrote:

> Was this true in LA, which was still primarily step at this
> time? Most predominantly step cities used "110" for the Long
> Distance operator.

Some godawful Jerry Lewis movie had him sitting at a manual PBX
impersonating a female operator. At one point, the telco operator tells
him to call 110 if he wants long distance. I don't remember anything
more about this film because it was so awful that I walked out.

> Predominantly panel type cities (including those that had some
> crossbar mixed in by this time) used "211."

This gets us back to the endless N11 v. 11N thread. Our expert on
such things is Mark Cuccia, but I suspect that Mark has other things
on his mind right now.

Speaking of Mark, has anybody heard from him since Katrina hit New

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