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Another funny tech story

It is time for another funny tech story that is more story than tech.  In this one honestly, my wife wasn’t laughing on the deck. She was causing the situation. Many years ago when we lived in Cincinnati Ohio my wife worked in Advertising.  One of the accounts she worked with was a large Cincinnati based consumer products company. Another they often worked with us an Oil company near Cincinnati. The company had completed a project the year before 100 years of racing. It, the project represented hand-drawn cards with information about race cards (100 of them to be exact). The project went so well that the company came back to have a second project with my wife’s company.

She came home one night to explain the baseball card project. We’ve got ten cards, and we are going to get them signed. By a case of oil, get a signed card. Only some of the cases had cards of course. My wife sent people off to Pittsburg, Houston and other places to get cards signed by many famous baseball players. The next day she called me at my office to say she was going to have to get cards signed as well. She said she would tell me where that evening when she got home.

As we were sitting down to dinner that evening I asked, “who are you getting to sign cards?”

She looked and said (knowing full well the impact of this “some guy in Chicago named Ernie Banks.”


My wife snickered (a not nice form of laughter).

She left Sunday afternoon.

I went to work Monday – Wednesday, Thursday like normal.

Friday came. Back then, I had two phone lines, and one was my line; the other was to support the execs. No one had the second number.

It rang.

“A voice said Scott, and I am having trouble with my Think book.”

I would love to say I was happy about the call, and I wasn’t it was almost time to leave for the day.

I walked the person through a couple of troubleshooting steps. I kept hearing a laugh in the background of the call. I thought I recognized the laugh.

The last step worked. (well its always the last step that works right?)

The person said, “Scott do you know who this is?

I didn’t know.

“Its Ernie Banks Scott.” Then I heard the laughter again. This time loud. “Here talk to your wife, Scott.”

My wife just laughed.

At least I got to talk to Ernie Banks!!!

  • Doyou have a hero in life?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Have you ever gotten to talk to your hero?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Is there someone in your life that loves to pull jokes on you?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Do you know who Ernie Banks is?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Do you think that was a funny story?

    • Yes
    • No

What do you think?

18 points

Written by DocAndersen

I am a long time blogger and technology poster.I focus on what is possible, but I also try to see what is coming. In recent years I have been focused on sharing the memories of my family, as part of my Family History Project.


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  1. Q: Doyou have a hero in life?
    Yes (7 votes) – 88%
    No (1 votes) – 13%
    Q: Have you ever gotten to talk to your hero?
    Yes (5 votes) – 63%
    No (3 votes) – 38%
    Q: Is there someone in your life that loves to pull jokes on you?
    Yes (6 votes) – 86%
    No (1 votes) – 14%
    Q: Do you know who Ernie Banks is?
    Yes (2 votes) – 25%
    No (6 votes) – 75%
    Q: Do you think that was a funny story?
    Yes (7 votes) – 88%
    No (1 votes) – 13%

  2. To be fair, I learned who Ernie Banks was because I stopped and looked it up before I could move on with the story. (I am always learning new things here.) Yes the story made me smile and thanks for that!

    I have many heroes in my life and most of them probably don’t know it. Everyday heroes are a blessing that I carry around every day. Some days that is the only way I survive.

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