TV reporters, step to the rear

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Under the subject line “The age of specialization,” reader Tony Abbott emailed this photo and remarked: “This appears to be a special doorbell button for print journalists!”

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  • Perhaps Tony Abbott can confirm, but I have heard that print journalists were not allowed to use tape recorders during interviews. Once the journalists pressed the “play” button, they would stop interviewing and start looking for a swing set.

    [Yes, we take everything literally. — DA]

  • Ramona

    I’m now visualizing a front door jamb with several doorbells lined up listing door-to-door salesmen, in-laws, UPS deliveries, or neighbors. Each would have its own ring tone much like our cell phones.

    Wanna split the cost of the start-up funding? This is bound to be a hit. We could do late night infomercials together.

    [The doorbells for door-to-door salesmen and Jehovah’s Witnesses would, of course, be electrified. — DA]

  • John Clifford

    And, of course, there’s the 3 Stooges routine (used several times in their films) where the boys need to get into an event so they steal knobs. Moe goes up to the bouncer and pulls back his lapel and the knob says PRESS, Larry does the same and his knob says PRESS, Curly comes to the bouncer turns back his lapel and the knob says PULL.