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Re: I Remember When...
« Reply #135 on: April 07, 2016, 03:31:58 PM »
...when there was no need to carry quarters for payphones. Tell Me did the call for free...  :D
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Re: I Remember When...
« Reply #136 on: April 07, 2016, 03:32:36 PM »
This was a must-have item:

IIANM my first one was this one

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Re: I Remember When...
« Reply #137 on: April 07, 2016, 04:16:14 PM »
..having to rewind VHS tapes before returning them to the store...
... in the VHS re-winder.
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Re: I Remember When...
« Reply #138 on: April 07, 2016, 04:24:35 PM »
a slice of pizza was a $1
How about two slices and a drink for a $1?!

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Re: I Remember When...
« Reply #139 on: April 07, 2016, 04:34:45 PM »
How about two slices and a drink for a $1?!
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Re: I Remember When...
« Reply #140 on: April 07, 2016, 04:41:03 PM »
Paying for the Holland Tunnel toll with Canadian Dollars for arbitrage (Oh and the toll was $2 back then).
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Re: I Remember When...
« Reply #141 on: April 07, 2016, 04:50:38 PM »
IIANM my first one was this one

you remember that helicopter shooting game? :)

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Re: I Remember When...
« Reply #142 on: April 07, 2016, 04:56:17 PM »
you remember that helicopter shooting game? :)
Can't recall right now, maybe if I see a picture.
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Re: I Remember When...
« Reply #143 on: April 07, 2016, 05:02:34 PM »
When a slice of pizza was 25 cents, a pay phone was 10 cents, and a house in Boro Park for $35,000 was considered way too expensive. Hold on, no, that was just a Dr. Middos tape.
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Re: I Remember When...
« Reply #144 on: April 07, 2016, 05:08:30 PM »
I'm not sure what method other people were referring to above regarding free calls on a payphone but our method was to place a collect call. You had about 2 seconds to record your name and in that two seconds you would say a la aseres bnei haman "pick-me-up-in-ten-minutes-in-front-of-the-library-please!"

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Re: I Remember When...
« Reply #145 on: April 07, 2016, 05:11:51 PM »
I'm not sure what method other people were referring to above regarding free calls on a payphone but our method was to place a collect call. You had about 2 seconds to record your name and in that two seconds you would say a la aseres bnei haman "pick-me-up-in-ten-minutes-in-front-of-the-library-please!"
Didn't work on those occasions when you bumped into a live operator.

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Re: I Remember When...
« Reply #146 on: April 07, 2016, 05:13:32 PM »
...when there was no need to carry quarters for payphones. Tell Me did the call for free...  :D
Yups
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Re: I Remember When...
« Reply #147 on: April 07, 2016, 05:17:00 PM »
If my father were on these forums, he'd tell you about another method of placing calls for free, one that's before just about anyone here's time: phreaking. GIYF.

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Re: I Remember When...
« Reply #148 on: April 07, 2016, 05:19:16 PM »
If my father were on these forums, he'd tell you about another method of placing calls for free, one that's before just about anyone here's time: phreaking. GIYF.
There was a method by drilling a hole in a quarter and letting it down with a string. It was able to be pulled back up if you knew exactly at which moment you had to give the tug.

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Re: I Remember When...
« Reply #149 on: April 07, 2016, 05:23:21 PM »
There was a method by drilling a hole in a quarter and letting it down with a string. It was able to be pulled back up if you knew exactly at which moment you had to give the tug.
He did that in his youth too, though with soda machines, not pay phones. I even found one of his drilled quarters once when I was a kid.