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Re: Hypothetical SxS Question

Carl Zwanzig (
Tue, 13 Dec 2005 01:31:57 -0000

Joe Morris <> wrote:

> And I'm sure you remember the little "dial lock" gizmos that were
> clamped into the "1" fingerhole and were supposed to keep people from
> making outbound calls on an unattended office telephone? It seems
> that nobody ever thought about dialing with the switchhook -- or just
> banging away with ten or more pulses and asking the operator for
> assistance.

In my high school's computer lab (two ASR33's and an HP 9100), they
resorted to locking the dial in the off-normal position -because- we
were dialing with the switchhook (for some reason, we called it Dutch
Dialing). Ten quick snaps of the hook and "Assistance in dialing,
please". A small mod to the set fixed that... (as did the portable
tone pad).

Speaking of which, is there an online copy of the famous phrase book
for operators?


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