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THIS OFFICE IS VERY SPECIAL TO ME, THIS WAS THE FIRST OFFICE I EVER WENT IN ! I HAD ALWAYS WONDERED ABOUT THE PHONE, I HAD QUESTIONS SUCH AS....WHERE DOES MY PHONE WIRE GO WHEN IT LEAVES MY HOUSE? ONE DAY I JUST HAD TO KNOW SO I PICKED UP THE PHONE AND CALLED MY LOCAL PHONE COMPANY BUSINESS OFFICE (Southern Bell At That Time) AND I TOLD THE NICE LADY I WANTED TO KNOW HOW DID MY PHONE WORK? SHE TOLD ME WHAT SHE KNEW, BASIC STUFF AND SHE THEN TOOK MY NAME AND NUMBER AND SAID SHE WOULD CALL ME BACK. WELL I WAITED AND IT SEEMED LIKE FOREVER! BUT SHE CALLED! SHE SAID SHE HAD ARRANGED A TOUR OF MY LOCAL CENTRAL OFFICE AND TOLD ME TO CALL THE CO FORMAN AND HE WOULD TAKE CARE OF ME.

I CALLED THE NUMBER SHE GAVE ME AND SPOKE WITH THE FORMAN AND HE SET ME UP FOR THE NEXT DAY AT 10:00AM. THE NEXT DAY I GOT MYSELF A RIDE AND WENT TO THE OFFICE, I RANG THE BELL AND TOLD THE GUY WHO I WANTED. THE GUY CAME DOWN STAIRS AND TOLD ME TO COME IN THEY WERE EXPECTING ME. WE WENT IN THE DOOR AND DOWN A HALL THEN HE OPEN ANOTHER DOOR AND WOW! THERE IT WAS, I HUGE STEP OFFICE, CLICK CLICK CUR-CHUNK WOW!

HE THEN TOOK ME TROUGH THE OFFICE PAST ALL THE ISLES OF EQUIPMENT TO A PRIVATE OFFICE AND THERE I MEET THE CENTRAL OFFICE FOREMAN. HE WAS SUPER NICE, HE SPENT TIME WITH ME SHOWING ME WHAT EVERYTHING DID, I WAS THERE FOR 3 HOURS.

THIS WAS A VERY LARGE OFFICE, IT HAD 5 EXCHANGES IN IT ALL ON THE 1ST FLOOR, AT THE TIME I TOOK THE TOUR WESTERN ELECTRIC WAS UP STAIRS ON THE 2ND FLOOR BUILDING THE NEW ESS#1 I WAS ABLE TO SPEND TIME WATCHING THEM WORK ON IT AND ASKING QUESTIONS. THEY WERE GOING TO CUT  OVER TO IT ABOUT A 2 YEARS WHEN COMPLETED. OUR C.O. WAS GOING TO BE THE FIRST IN THE AREA TO CUT TO ESS BUT IT DIDN'T REALLY HIT ME AT THAT TIME THAT MEANT ALL THIS COOL STUFF THAT IS SO GREAT DOWNSTAIRS WAS GOING AWAY! THERE WERE A LOT OF PEOPLE WORKING IN THIS OFFICE DURING THE DAY ABOUT 20 OF THEM AND THEY ALL WERE NICE TO ME AND INVITED ME BACK. WELL I WENT BACK MANY TIMES TO VISIT AND WHEN I WENT BY ON EVENING SHIFT THEY JUST LET ME WONDER AROUND ALL I WANTED UNTIL I WAS READY TO GO!

I WAS ONLY 13 YEARS OLD WHEN THIS HAPPENED, WELL A COUPLE OF YEARS LATER THEY CUT TO THE NEW ESS OFFICE UPSTAIRS AND LIFE ENDED. THEY LET THE STEP OFFICE JUST SIT IN A QUIET DEATH WITH THE LIGHTS OUT FOR ABOUT ANOTHER 2 YEARS BEFORE REMOVING IT, MAN IT WAS SAD TO SEE IT DEAD LIKE THAT.

TIME WENT ON AND ONE DAY AT AGE 16 I WENT PAST THE C.O. SINCE I NOW HAD A CAR AND I LOOKED OVER AND THE FRONT DOORS ON THE FIRST FLOOR WERE WIDE OPEN AND THE LIGHTS WERE ON SO I STOPPED, THEY WHERE REMOVING ALL THE STEP EQUIPMENT AND SMASHING IT UP WITH HAMMERS! THE GUY SAID THIS IS WAS WE ARE SUPPOSE TO DO. THEY LET ME HAVE ANYTHING I WANTED, I FILLED MY TRUNK FULL, SOME OF IS I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT IT WAS, I HAD SELECTORS, RELAYS PATCH BOARDS AND STUFF.

WHEN I WAS AGE 20 I WAS WORKING IN A AT&T OFFICE BUT I WENT WITH A FRIEND OF MINE WITH THE BOY SCOUTS TO TOUR GUESS WHERE? THE ESS OFFICE ON THE 2ND FLOOR IN THE SAME OFFICE I SAW AS A BOY, I WAS SHOCKED, I HAD NOT BEEN THERE IN YEARS SO I JUST HAD TO GO! WHEN WE ARRIVED AND WENT INTO THE BUILDING IT WAS SO SAD, AS WE WALKED THROUGH THE 1ST FLOOR WHERE THE MIGHTY STEP OFFICE ONCE STOOD TO GET TO THE STAIRS I WAS SO SAD, JUST A HUGE EMPTY ROOM, ALL GONE, I WAS THINKING, THEY KILLED IT!

WE WENT UP TO THE 2ND FLOOR TO THE ESS1 (YUCK) THE SAME ONE I WATCH THEM BUILD AS A BOY, AS I WALKED THE ISLES IT WAS NOT THE SAME AT ALL, IT WAS OK BUT THE MAGIC WAS NOT THERE. WELL I AM 46 NOW AND I HAVE NOT BEEN IN THAT C.O. IN 26 YEARS BUT I DRIVE PAST IT ABOUT EVERY 2 WEEKS GOING SOMEWHERE. BELOW ARE THE PHOTOS OF THAT GREAT BUILDING, I WOULD HAVE GIVEN ANYTHING TO HAVE THOUGHT TO TAKE PHOTOS OF THE STEP WAY BACK THEN BUT HEY, I WAS A CHILD........I DO KNOW FROM TELCO EMPLOYEE'S THAT THE #1ESS ON THE 2ND FLOOR HAS CUT TO A #5 ESS BACK ON THE 1ST FLOOR WHERE THE STEP WAS. WHERE IT ALL BEGAN....