Last year I made a blog posting about what we called the “Beep-Beep Line”. Back in the 1960′s it was discovered, mostly by the teen-aged population that if one dialed one’s own phone number and got the busy signal that communication was possible with others that were also experiencing a busy signal. The conversation takes place during the silent portions of the beep, or buzzing.
At the time I wrote the original posting I received a couple of e-mail contacts from readers that also had experienced the beep-beep line when they were young. There are some interesting comments on that posting. If you are interested it is worth revisiting. But a month or so ago I received an e-mail from Russell in Minnesota. Russell said that at the time they called it The Jam Line. Russell told me how he would eventually meet people, usually girls his own age by talking on the Jam Line. Something that would probably be considered dangerous today. Mostly though it was kids from the same high schools talking and ultimately sharing time. Russell said he had recorded some actual beep-beep line (Jam Line) conversations and forwarded one to me. He gave his permission to share them with the world.
If you remember the beep-beep line, the beep line, the jam line or whatever you called it in your neck of the woods, you’ll enjoy hearing this short two minute sound clip of Russell (that’s his voice you hear the loudest) on The Jam Line in Minnesota!
I don’t know if this still works today. Perhaps someone with some time on their hands can explore the busy signal and report back.