Tuesday, April 13, 2010

1960 - Telephone Exchanges become Numerical

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  1. Seek LCBO Approval Of Hotel Plans

    Scarborough is to have a' new hotel—the first to be built in the Township for ten. years.

    The $200,000 building will be erected on a four and-a- half acre site, east of Scar borough Post Office, on Eglin- ton Avenue. The 25-bedroom hotel is being planned to allow for expansion to 50 rooms, sometimes in the future.

    The hotel is being developed by Post Motor Hotel Limited, who op- erate a hotel at Galt. It has been designed by Mendelow and Kay- wan, architects, of 1398 Eglinton West. Plans, approved by Scarbor- ough Planning Board, now have to go before the Liquor Control Board for its approval.

    The plans include a dining room, a banqueting hall, two beverage rooms—one for ladies, one for men —and facilities for a staff of 50, who will operate the hotel on a 24 hour-a-day basis.

    The land surrounding the build- ing is to be landscaped with gar- dens, and, possibly, a swimming pool. The building which will be air conditioned, will have masonry walls between bedrooms, broad- loom on the floors and special acoustic ceiling tiles—all aimed at deadening noise.

    The last hotel built in Scar- borough was the Knob Hill Hotel, also on Eglinton Avenue.

    It Will Be Seven Numbers With No Exchange Name

    New subscribers on Scarborough's AXminster telephone exchange, this fall, will probably find that they have a sever digit number, instead of the usual two letters and five numbers. The News learned that the prefix is likely to be 291, in place of the present AXminster 1.

    Bell Telephone officials will hold discussions . within the next few weeks to decide whether 2,000 more terminals should be added to the exchange. If the decision is Yes, the all-number system will be introduced. It will be one of the first such exchanges in Ontario.

    Gradual Change

    There will be no longer large scale changeover from letters-num- ber to the all-number system. Bell Telephone Company say that any all-number system would have to be introduced -gradually. A spokes- man for the Company explained that private telephones now hold-ing the AX 1 prefix would remain the same, until the subscribers changed address, or number altera- tion became necessary for other reasons.

    Although the all-number system will take some years to complete, the system is being introduced now to avoid a crash program at a later date, when all-number dialing be comes common throughout North America.

    The system will open a whole new range of combinations, mak-ing it possible to use direct dis-tance dialing more extensively.

    People Accept Numbers

    The spokesman said that people are accepting the fact that all- number dialing has to be used eventually. "There are those who are sentimentally attached to their exchange name. But there was re- sistance to dialing when it was first introduced. Subscribers missed talking to the operator," he said.

    Tests conducted by the Bell Tele- phone Company have shown that it is easier to remember seven digits than letters and numbers.

    Chewing Gum And Bikinis - What Next?

    Only a few weeks back, Scarborough teenagers were flocking to the record shops to buy a disc entitled "My old man's a dustman", sung by Englishman Lonnie Done-gan.

    Now another Lonnie Done-gan record is selling like hot-cakes, although radio stations only started playing it a short time ago.

    The record? A novelty song, at least 25 years old, called "Does your chewing gun lose its flavor on the bedpost over-night".

    Competing with sales with the Donegan record last weekend, was a new one sung by Brian Hyland, called "Itsy bitsy teenie weenie yel-low polka dot bikini".