CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1993 |
Homeless people don't have answering machines. That obvious but ordinarily irrelevant truth began to matter to Dan Sandel when hundreds of people called his Chatsworth factory eager to take him up on his offer of a job and virtually free place to live. "It was very frustrating," Sandel said. "One guy called three times from downtown, and it probably cost him a buck a call. We had no way to reach him, and he finally gave up." But Sandel didn't.
February 8, 1993 |
In a finding that could clip American Telephone & Telegraph Co.'s dominance in the toll-free 800 number business, an independent survey has found 46% of large corporations might switch 800 carriers. The companies "are actively considering switching carriers when portability becomes a reality," according to Strategic TeleMedia's poll of telecommunications managers at Fortune 1000 companies.
November 24, 1992 |
Former Gov. Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown's famed 800 telephone number was sabotaged by someone who impersonated Brown in recording an outgoing message that identified his political reform group as "a white supremacy movement." The prank was discovered Monday morning by an unidentified caller to the Brown number who notified The Times. When advised of the message and its content, Brown said: "I'll check into it." He guessed that the message was inserted over the weekend.
September 13, 1992 |
Twenty people are gathered around your Thanksgiving table when you discover the turkey's locked in the oven. Who are you going to call? Maybe your oven manufacturer has an 800 telephone number. It's free. It's 10 p.m. on a Friday night in early December and you finally have time to do your holiday shopping. No problem. Virtually every catalogue operator has an 800 number, and many of them operate around the clock.