In Memory of Jane Barbe
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By etrigan - Last updated: Saturday, August 2, 2003 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment

Known as “The Telephone Lady”, Jane Barbe was the “voice of the telphone system”:http://www.dmine.com/phworld/sounds/misc.htm around the US (and many parts of the english speaking world) for most of the 1970s and into the mid to late 1980s. She “passed away”:http://telephonyonline.com/ar/telecom_memoriam_jane_barbe on July 18 in Roswell Georgia.

??Barbe also understood that her ubiquitous presence was sometimes a source of hostility: I know people get frustrated sometimes at the sound of my voice, she told the Chicago Sun-Times in 1992. One day I heard my own mother in the other room bang down the phone and say, Oh, shut up, Jane!??

Be _sure_ to listen to the RA clip on that first link to the end and you’ll catch a brief part of an interview with her.

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