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Who Is Bob?
« on: March 10, 2012, 01:32:58 AM »
I have a 9/53 500 with Bob's name written in pencil on the bottom.  I've also recently seen a couple of phones on eBay with his name on them too, but the handwriting isn't the same.

I think BOB is an acronym for something.  Either that or Bob played a different kind of phone tag, and he really got around back in the 50's.
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Re: Who Is Bob?
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2012, 02:11:35 AM »
Maybe he built the phones, cos he's Bob the Builder... :D

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Re: Who Is Bob?
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2012, 08:10:16 AM »
Maybe he built the phones, cos he's Bob the Builder... :D
BOB was always an acronym for Bad out of the Box when I was a tech on the road, many moons ago....Doug
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Re: Who Is Bob?
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2012, 10:34:38 AM »
BOB was always an acronym for Bad out of the Box when I was a tech on the road, many moons ago....Doug

WOW! The the best explanation  anyone has ever given me about Microsoft BOB.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Bob
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Re: Who Is Bob?
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2012, 12:46:13 PM »
BOB was always an acronym for Bad out of the Box when I was a tech on the road, many moons ago....Doug

Here our comparable acronym was always NFG, even after they told us to stop writing that on equipment boxes.

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Re: Who Is Bob?
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2012, 02:32:48 PM »
LOL -- as in LOL! 

Terry, NFG I could have figured out!

Doug, thanks for the BOB explanation.  I wonder why they didn't erase the notation once the phone was fixed and re-deployed.
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Re: Who Is Bob?
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2012, 03:09:40 PM »
I wonder why they didn't erase the notation once the phone was fixed and re-deployed.

I'm betting that it wasn't fixed and re-deployed. The installer probably inadvertently left it behind after replacement which is how it slipped out of Bell's hands and into the outside world to live on for another day.

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Re: Who Is Bob?
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2012, 02:28:43 AM »
So now that we seem to have explained Bob, would anyone care to explain the 500 currently listed on eBay (also from 1953) that has "Charlie" written on the bottom?
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Re: Who Is Bob?
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2012, 03:02:24 AM »
Maybe it contains some white powdery stuff that it often known as Charlie? ???

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Re: Who Is Bob?
« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2012, 03:19:59 PM »
Hmmmm.  A stash box for the overworked secretarial pool.
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Re: Who Is Bob?
« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2012, 01:24:25 PM »
So now that we seem to have explained Bob, would anyone care to explain the 500 currently listed on eBay (also from 1953) that has "Charlie" written on the bottom?

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Re: Who Is Bob?
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2012, 08:26:12 PM »
NFG=not found good? ;D

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Re: Who Is Bob?
« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2012, 12:27:25 AM »
Yeah.......that's it........you got it.......

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Re: Who Is Bob?
« Reply #13 on: March 19, 2012, 05:06:46 PM »
Wouldn't "Bad Out Of Box" be BOOB? ;)
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