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Re: Bell 607 Cordboard

Jim Stewart (
Tue, 18 Jul 2006 16:15:51 -0700

> [TELECOM Digest Editor's Note:

Much interesting material snipped ...

> For about six months, they had me work over in the medical center at
> the 'psychiatric board' (that is, the switchboard in the
> psychiatric unit at the university hospitals). There were five or
> six extensions from the main phone room and each of the psych
> doctors had their own private extensions as well.

You must have a couple of good stories regarding that time period ...

[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: See the message just before this one
about the errant cup of Coca-Cola, but that happened in the main phone
room, not over at the Psych unit at the medical center. But one thing
I did observe about that time period was that Bell technicians -- the
'outside plant' guys -- were always quite dedicated and willing to
go above and beyond the call of duty sometimes. See for example the
messages here from the time of the riot in 1968 and the phone guys who
braved going over to Bethany Bretheren Medical Center at midnight on
the night of the riots to fix the hospital switchboard, only to finish
about 2:00 AM and return to their looted/burned out telephone truck. PAT]

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