It's funny how stuff gets passed on through the generations, but sometimes gets "embellished" or "improved", or each subsequent generation puts their own spin on it.
Not to go OT, but it's no different than the fire service;
Up until quite recently, we used to hit the Battle Creek "All Stations" tone at 8 PM, but not say anything. The firefighters would go out to the floor, start the rig, open the bay door, wait a minute, then shut it all down & go back to what they were doing. They referred to it as the "Eight-O-Clock Hitch", dating back to when the alarm office operator would hit "2 bells" & the firemen would run out & drop the hitch down onto the horses to make sure it worked.
"The (insert name of city here) Fire Department -- 100 years of tradition, unimpeded by progress."
I also know a recently retired cop who still carries a call box key.... (I understand the sentimental value, but what ya gonna use it for?)
Scanner geek since 1974
"My Daddy sends smoke signals to Indians who arrest trolls & squirt water on dragons. What does your Daddy do?"
Last edited by drdispatch; 02-08-2013 at 9:05 AM..