The Operator’s Voice “If You’d Like To Make A Call…”

June 21, 2016 in Celebrities, Commentary, Entertainment

Have you ever had anything bug you because you just didn’t know what the answer was?  I do it all the time.  I’ll come up with an interesting question and it will bother me until I know the answer.

But, I normally can find my answers pretty quick.  IMDB.com can answer questions like who was in what movie and what else they might have been in as well.  I have those questions all the time.

Wikipedia tries to keep itself accurate and then of course, you always have Google.  Google just about anything and you’ll get your answer.  You just have to know what is a credible site.  Not all information on the internet is accurate.  But, it is the quickest way to research.

The thing is for the longest time, I have had this burning question and I can’t find an answer anywhere.  Years ago, there was a lady’s voice on the landline phones who would tell you when you didn’t dial right.  “If you’d like to make a call, please hang up and try again…”

Her voice is still used for those calls, but now they have different voices broadcasting different messages.  Cell phones have hundreds of messages for whether a phone is out of the area or whether it has been disconnected.  They are computerized voices that might have been created at first with a human voice. But, that’s not what’s driving me crazy.

I want to know who was the lady who recorded her voice to give you, “If you’d like to make a call, please hang up and try again?”

I know there had to have been a lady somewhere. Who was she? She has one of the most famous voices in the world, now what in the world was her name and what did she do?

Her Name Was Jane Barbe


She was known as the “Time Lady” because of her many telephone recordings. She made thousands of recordings and was heard by about 300 million people a week. She died of cancer on July 18, 2003 at the age of 74.

Michael Allen’s novel A River in the Ocean is available free online? Read the novel about a single father and his daughter who get separated by a strange accident. While he’s in a coma, she’s being raised by a quirky couple with good intentions. Even though he awakes with amnesia, he knows he’s missing something and she feels out of place. He didn’t know he was looking for her and she didn’t know she needed found: A River in the Ocean

It Seemed Just Like Yesterday

October 4, 2009 in Attractions, Celebrities, Entertainment, Events, Movies, Music, Sports, Television

Children coming into this world today are being raised with a great bit of technology surrounding them all the time.  It’s strange to me that just a few short years ago, we did not have these things.  I do not consider myself old at all and I did not have these things when I was young.

I learned typing on a typewriter.  Are there any that still exist?

We walked around listening to radios through our headphones until the tape player came out?

We had to buy an artist’s entire album.

I played Space Invaders and Donkey Kong on my Atari 2600.  It came with Pong and Asteroids.  I don’t think any other games existed at the time.

I wrote letters and called people on the phone.  I got tangled up in the phone chord every once in awhile.  The first phone I ever made a phone call on had a rotary dial that took two minutes to dial a number. click click click click click

We had to wait for a movie to come out in the video store and we had to sit through commercials on the television.  That was the bathroom break.  I’m not saying video stores and commercials don’t exist today.  I’m just saying that’s what we had to do.  There are other options available now.

We had to look things up in encyclopedias and dictionaries.  Or read a book.

I have mixed emotions about it.  I mean, I would rather sit in front of the computer and type in a search that comes up with a million and one sites that I can begin exploring and finding my answer.  I love being able to correct my work before I print it.  I love being able to put together a CD with only the music I enjoy.  It does seem as if we live in a world that in many ways, has a lot less waste.

But, I think children of today are missing a rich education because they are handed the easy way and they never learn the foundation from which teachers can build.  When a teenager is on the internet instant messaging her friends and using abbreviations like omg and lmao, she then starts writing like that in other areas of her life.  She writes her term papers with abbreviations and misspellings like “u” and “b.”

“Win u get 2 b da prez, dats win u own da world.”

OMG!!!

So, in many ways it’s a far better world.  I just don’t want anyone to lose sight of where we came and how far we’ve come.  Our history is an important part of our future.