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The Telecom Digest for May 19, 2014
Volume 33 : Issue 87 : "text" Format
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Telephony nostalgia -- dialing POP-CORN for free time of day (Thad Floryan)

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Date: Sat, 17 May 2014 21:19:23 -0700 From: Thad Floryan <thad@thadlabs.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Telephony nostalgia -- dialing POP-CORN for free time of day Message-ID: <537834CB.8000909@thadlabs.com> We had a thread today (Saturday, 17 May 2014) in ba.internet that I felt readers of comp.dcom.telecom might find interesting noting "ba.*" is Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area. From: Thad Floryan <thad@thadlabs.com> Newsgroups: ba.internet Subject: Re: POPCORN (767-2676) still works. Date: Sat, 17 May 2014 19:54:16 -0700 On 5/17/2014 3:28 PM, sms wrote: > On 5/17/2014 3:17 PM, Eric Weaver wrote: >> On 05/17/2014 01:31 PM, sms wrote: >> >>> >>> I think that Sonic must have programmed this into their switching >>> system. Cute. >> >> Huh.. I just tried this on the voice portion of my Fusion service and >> got "Cannot be completed as dialled". So I guess it's not programmed in >> the switch I'm on, whatever that may be. >> >> I recall reading that the old Pacific Telephone time box lived in Palo >> Alto, which explained why it sounded so far away in Redding and so close >> at my uncle & aunt's house in Menlo Park. > > It might not be in every area code. I'm in 408. Hi Steve, Googling "popcorn time number california" finds this as the first hit: Time of day calling it quits at AT&T - Los Angeles Times http://articles.latimes.com/2007/aug/29/business/fi-lazarus29 followed by these relevant items on the first page of hits: Speaking clock - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speaking_clock Telephone Time Lady: POPCORN No More! - YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-YlTQ3gSj8 Telephone Milestone: AT&T Terminates POPCORN Time ... http://bartning.newsvine.com/_news/2007/12/20/1176823-telephone-milestone-att-terminates-popcorn-time-information-service Topic: No More POP-CORN After Sept 19th - AT&T Time Service http://www.socialwave.net/topics/3766/ Doni: It's time to say farewell to dependable, available ... http://www.redding.com/news/2007/sep/09/its-time-to-say-farewell-to-dependable-available/ The first entry at the "socialwave" site has this comment: " All things come to an end and it looks like the time of day " service that has been offered by one company or another since " 1929 is ending. On Sept 19th, you will no longer get the time of " day when you call POP-CORN in Northern California. Or 853-XXXX in " Southern California. " " The move will allow AT&T to retire aging equipment that they said " can no longer be repaired. Probably more importantly, it allows " for 300,000 phone numbers to be freed up. " " While I'm saddened to hear of this bit of comfort technology " getting put out to pasture, it's interesting to read about the " device that is used to produce the time recordings. It's not " digitized. It's some funky series of drums that turn and churn " out the recorded time. The redding.com site has this line in their article: " [...] " The Bee story also said that when AT&T dumps POPCORN, it will " gain about 300,000 new phone numbers that were reserved just " for giving time. " [...] So there was a good reason (then) for dropping POPCORN. Thad
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