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jimmymac
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Post Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:59 pm   
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Call SUnset 3-2404

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Post Tue Apr 15, 2014 9:07 pm   
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ME2-5603 when I was growing up. I always thought ME stood for Meridian since it was our cross street in Wallingford neighborhood.
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Post Tue Apr 15, 2014 9:16 pm   
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VAndyke 2-8513.

Believe it or not we've discussed  this topic before.
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Post Tue Apr 15, 2014 9:36 pm   
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I also lived in the Wallingford district 50+ years ago. My phone # was ME2-1704, the ME was for Melrose. I lived on Densmore and went to St. Benedicts school. I now live in East Wenatchee, for those who live here and don't know the 88 prefix is for TUrner, the 66 prefix in Wenatchee is for NOrmandy.
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Post Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:03 am   
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WA7-6249....Waverly area for Federal Way

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Post Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:32 am   
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LA2-5888. Still have an old ball glove with it on it.

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Post Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:33 am   
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Interesting, moved to Seattle in the early 70's but don't really remember people using prefixes like that. It was always just the phone number.

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Post Wed Apr 16, 2014 12:41 pm   
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almost all of Tacoma's south end was GReenfield. Home GR4-2844 and GR4-1604. Business GR4-0765. Grandma GR2-3799.
how the hell do I still remember all those phone numbers? dizzy.gif

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Post Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:50 am   
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I grew up in Yakima / Selah area where we had in Yakima: CHestnut, GLencourt, and Selah MYrtle.  The central office names/letter distinctions were phased out by the early 70's.
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Post Mon Apr 21, 2014 9:26 pm   
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We also had the "LA" prefix and it stood for "Lakeview". I grew up in what is now known as the Maple Leaf Neighborhood. Back then radio station KRAB was just up the street. My dad who was a Nixon supporter said it was run by a bunch of  "beatniks and communists".
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Post Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:43 pm   
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Our old neighborhood (LA extension) used to be known as View Ridge, don't know if it's still called that or not.

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Yes, it is still known as View Ridge. My daughter lived up there for a little while about three years ago.
A little off thread, but it has been interesting to discover quite a few Seattle "ex-pats" living up here in the Sultan-index-Skyomish area, some even from my old neighborhood!
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Post Tue Apr 22, 2014 4:15 pm   
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Ours was PRospect with 4 digits and a 10-party line out in rural Alderwood Manor. The article is not accurate on their transition.
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