Phone Bank Used in Kansas City Newsroom in days gone by

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Phone Bank Used in Kansas City Newsroom in days gone by - Old Phones Ring Out of Past. By James J....
Old Phones Ring Out of Past. By James J. Fisher. (A Member of The Star's Staff.) I F memories can be exclamatory exclamatory any reporter who ever worked for The Star might recall the city editor shouting to him across) the city room: ‘‘Take a story on five.” And if memories are largely; visual, the reporter will remem-1 ber best the walk from his desk j to the old phone bank, to one of its eight telephones, and flipping flipping the switch on line five as he sat down. Old Sensations Recalled. The reporter might remember remember the cigarette burns on the bank; he might recall the musty j smell of tobacco that permeated the bank ; or the glass partitions j that separated the telephones; the dog-eared phone books; the; reams of copy paper, or the j short stools that looked like some from a defunct soda foun-| tain. No more. Now will come the soft ring; of a phone on the reporter’s | desk. At 1 o’clock yesterday the last circuit was connected, hook- j ing up a new phone system in \ the city room. Workmen for the ! telephone company immediate-1 ly began disassembling the phones on the phone bank. By 4:30 o’clock the telephones were heaped in two cardboard cartons. They looked like junk. Only Furniture Now. The phone bank stood deserted, deserted, looking like an old piece of furniture one comes upon suddenly suddenly in a vacant building. The telephones were gone; the phone bank was no more. It was just a heavy oak table then, feet long, about 3 feet wide, inches thick. Cigarette ashes covered it; the glass partitions partitions were askew. Just a table. Few will be saddened by the departure of the phone bank. There will be some sentiment. Too many reporters have sat at it. too many stories they can remember came from it. Yet the table and the telephones telephones were only inanimate objects. objects. The sentiment caused by their passing will be tempered Summit and reconditioned by this. The phones changed discarded. Some may end up in over the years—from the old up-! a borne, A CITY JUDGE FREES 56“ JS.VSTTiE ship card or prove she was a member’s guest. —— ---------■»---------- —. Negroes comprise 11.6 per- OTHERS ARRESTED IN RAID ARE FINED. Evidence Against Many Joyland Club Is Found Insufficient. at Charges against 56 persons arrested arrested May 11 in a raid were dropped yesterday in municipal court on grounds of insufficient evidence. The raid was at the Joyland club, 1000 the Paseo. Judge Ralph Martin fined the club operator, Herman Jackson, of 3503 North Ninety-first street, Bethel, $300 on a charge of keeping keeping a disorderly house. Fined $50 each on charges of frequenting a disorderly house: John W. Sims, 1418 East Thirteenth; Thirteenth; Otis Vermont Cole, 2215 Monroe, and John C. Griswold, 1409 East Thirteenth. Fined $25 each on charges of being found intoxicated: Richard Panuco, 2311 Holly; Mrs. Beatrice Smith, 911 Michigan, and Mrs. Sylvia A. Spears, 1920 East Twenty-sixth. Robert Heinen, vice squad head, who led the raid, testified that there was drinking and dancing in the club. He said the club had no permits. The club was incorporated as a private establishment, but Judge Martin ruled that the club ‘‘is public when someone says she was able to open the doors and walk in.” Mrs. Spears testified that on cent of the United States population, population, according to the Census Bureau. BIG ARMY Washington $9,143,016 contract to Corporation of America yesterday by contract, to defense electronic division, Camden, radio sets and transmitter THE OLD PHONE BANK in the city room of The Star was disassembled yesterday afternoon. The table was installed installed about 1915. Shown are George Lynn (foreground) and Alvin Kimmi, installers for the Southwestern Bell Telephone company. or WINSTON ON RIVIERA. right model with the ear piece to the cradle dial telephone. But the table never changed. It was installed about 1915 and served well until yesterday. Big Stories Remembered. On the instruments on that old table came some of the greatest stories in Kansas City history: the Union Station massacre, massacre, the vote frauds, plane crashes, murders, political victories victories and defeats, strikes, floods, fires—in short, the ferment ferment of an urban society of hu- phT man beings, all taken in notes | ^ on that table from sounds heard on its telephones. There were other stories: a dog trapped in a sewer, a lost child, a bagpiper playing at 2 o’clock on a Sunday morning— all small stories, but of the same fabric the larger stories come from. Yesterday afternoon some of the older members of The Star's staff thought back about the phone bank. Most could not remember when it wasn’t there. One remembered the two telephone telephone companies that used to share its lines during World War I; another remembered cane- bottomed chairs that ripped trousers; most remembered stories they had taken over the telephones. The table will be moved out and a desk will replace it. The telephones will be sent to Lee’s and over them will come the daily happenings to a family, be it a birth, a mar- A One-Week Visit Is Begun by Ex-Prime Minister. Nice, France (AP)—Sir Win- news about a loved one riage, a death, or just simple ston Churchill arrived by plane from England yesterday for a week’s stay on the Riviera in neighboring Monte Carlo. The former British prime minister minister appeared relaxed as he walked down the ramp ahead of a valet and a bodyguard. He doffed his hat and waved it at officials who awaited him. | QUEEN GREETS INDIAN. Asian President Arrives in London From U. S. 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Clipped from The Kansas City Times13 Jun 1963, ThuPage 28

The Kansas City Times (Kansas City, Missouri)13 Jun 1963, ThuPage 28
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