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Re: Remembering the Great Telco Fire, May, 1988

George S Thurman (
Sun, 17 Jun 2007 10:22:41 -0500

Very interesting reading this. I was living in Chicago at the time,
so I remember it very well. One question is how long did it ACTUALLY
take to replace the switch and restore full service to the area.

George "Skip" Thurman

[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: Illinois Bell stated that the
restoration was about 90 percent finished within a month, in mid-June,
1988. It was about 95 percent finished within a month or two after
that. A couple telco repair technicians in the area noted to me that
the restoration was never _totally_ i.e. 100 percent (as in things
operated _exactly_ as they had before the fire). It got to be 'the
equivilent of' 100 percent during August of that year, but trained and
experienced ears which listened _closely_ said the 'action' (if you want
to call it that) was never completely replicated.

I do not know if you recall this or not, Skip, but _you_ were the
person who tipped me off to the fire in progress that Sunday afternoon
in a phone call to my home. PAT]

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