Actually, I moved to Syracuse in '48 from my
mothers womb. My parents moved to the house that
I grew up in earlier that year. When I was
cleaning out the house after my mother's and
brother's deaths, I came across an early phone
bill that could have been as early as '48,
listing that number. It would take some looking
to find it again, and time is at a premium right
I really doubt that it was as late as the late
fifties that they went to 7 numbers as that was
the number that I learned when I went of to
kindergarten in '53.
I stand corrected about WCNY. They are the PBS
station. All that I truly remember is that it
was an ABC affiliate that moved onto channel 9,
and that their original call letters are
different from what they have today.
I frequently bemoan not being able to tell the
month or even the season by looking out the
window here in Houston. Hopefully less than two
years before i can retire and move to a land with
>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!