This was so much fun to read. When I was in high school in 1970, my summer job was as a switchboard operator on Long Island (Bell Telephone) along with some other high school friends. We were temporary employees, trained and covered vacations of the full-time operators. They still used cord boards and we would compete to fan them out the best and fastest with incoming calls. I worked summers for 6 years and by around the third year we’d switched to consoles. It’s the job that helped put me through college. My grandmother was a telephone operator in Brooklyn from rge 1940’s till she retired in the 1960’s. She had the stories!

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