Excuse me, Bob, but when you moved to Syracuse in ’48, you didn’t have a
number beginning with GRanite 6. If I remember correctly, the numbers that
got the GRanite exchange were those that had had 6 numbers, but that change
didn’t happen until the late ‘50s, I think.
Your memory of the television stations is perfect. I remember when WHEN
changed from 8 to 5 (Utica’s WKTV also changed from 13 to 2), but I didn’t
realize that the change was necessitated by WCNY’s assignment as channel 9.
I thought they had always been UHF, but, for me, this is ancient history, so
who knows if I’m remembering correctly? Howdy Doody at 5.30 pm was a major
part of my childhood!
Having been born and brought up in central New York, it became natural for
me to remember when long-ago events happened because I remember if there was
snow on the ground of not (of course, that could be anytime from late
September to early May). Now that I live in southern Florida, I have to
devise another way to remember when things happen. I suppose I could
remember by telling myself that it must have been winter because the
Floridians were walking around in parkas, scarves and mittens, which they do
as soon as the temperature hits 70! I keep wondering how they’d do in a New
York State lake-effected winter!
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] NY City Phone exchanges; was - Tone-Arts Records
Well, starting in '48 we lived in Syracuse with
GRanite 6-2968. I remember the two TV stations
WSYR and WHEN, channels 3 and 8, later moved to
channel 5 so they could add channel 9, WCNY.
Channels and call letters may be mixed up here.
I remember them, that is from about "52 or '53
when we got our first TV. This time of year
memories of it already being dark and snowing
when dad got home from work after the Howdy Doody
show, ease gently into my mind. Must be time to
put up the Christmas tree.
>Man, am I impressed! 3-4 channels? When we got our first television (a
>Zenith round screen), we got a grand total of ONE channel. People would go
>wherever there was a television set and watch test patterns and comment on
>them (“Gee, yours is clearer than ours!”). I was born and brought up in
>Utica, NY, and the closest city with another television station was
>Syracuse, 50 miles away, but, being a bigger city, they had TWO channels.
>was years before we could pick up Syracuse stations, and when we finally
>did, it was as if we could pick up China.
>Phone numbers in Utica were 5 digits; ours was 4-0230. Syracuse, that
>megalopolis to the west, had numbers that were both 5 and 6 digits long.
>When I was about 12 or so, we were given exchanges to precede our current
>numbers, so my number became RAndolph 4-0230, which eventually became a
>rather blah sounding 724-0230. There was always something impressive about
>RAndolph (other exchanges were REdwood and SWift, depending on what your
>already-existing number began with). Also, on those rare occasions when you
>called another city, it always SOUNDED different when it rang. It’s great
>that I can now call anywhere in the country for nothing, but we’ve lost
>distinctiveness with that. All numbers are seven digits long (when, because
>of cell phones, extra lines, etc., will we finally adopt that eighth
>digit?), and the ringing sounds are all alike unless one travels overseas.
>Oů sont les neiges d’antan???
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