I think it's interesting and, I hope, amusing.
Until I retired last autumn I was an announcer at WFMT in Chicago. Part of
the job was preparing regular newscasts. We had three sources: Associated
Press; City News Bureau for local news; and Reuters. Reuters not only had the
most thorough stores; they also sent stories that verged upon the whimsical
and weird. Including the next, which I keep framed on the wall of one of the
rooms here that is filled with 78s.
There is no year given. Probably the late '70s or early '80s. The rest is:
Shepton Mallet, England, July 2, Reuter -- A magistrate's court here today
was told of the local destitutes' top drink -- boiled phonograph records.
Scotsman Thomas Duncan, 50, said the hit beverage was made by breaking up
and boiling old 78 r.p.m. records.
Duncan was jailed for 30 days for stealing two brass vases from a house
where he went for water to dilute his favorite drink.
The police analyst in this town about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of
Bristol is to study Duncan's claims.
Another idea about what do with those 78s nobody wants normally, perhaps?
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