Last January, Sports Illustrated assigned Frank Deford to cover all the Super Bowl activities in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, he traded his press credentials to a stranger for a handful of seeds and spent the entire time visiting Santa Anita. Luckily, however, he was able to obtain wire-tap transcripts of phone calls that were made by several typical Super Bowl guests, who were enjoying this great American sporting spectacle for the first time. Deford has assured us that these random impressions will provide a more accurate portrayal of the week-long Super Bowl scene than he could possibly have managed.
Hello, this is Cheryl, may I help you?"
"Yeah, Cheryl, I have a message to call Operator 6 in Amarillo, Texas."
"You can dial that direct, sir."
"No, Cheryl, I don' think you unnerstan' me. I'm in a motel."
"Yes, sir, I know. Just dial eight, and then zero, the callback area code and number, and an operator will come on the line."
"Is that a fact? I didn't know you could do that in a motel. Thank you now, Cheryl...."
"Hello, this is Jessie. May I help you?"
" 'Deed you can, Jessie. I'm tryin' to git aholt of Operator 6 in Amarillo."
"This is Operator 6."