Remember When: Whose van is that?
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Last week’s Remember When mystery photo, at left, shows the switch, in February 1956, from operator-assisted to direct-dial telephone service in Tracy. Mayor Manuel Rico is completing the first direct-dial phone call to Rep. Leroy Johnson, R-Stockton, in Washington, D.C. Looking on are Russ Beam, at left, Pacific Telephone switching chief, and R.E. “Dick” Brown, local PT&T manager.

The change closed the switchboard in the telephone office at 924 N. Central Ave. (now law offices), where operators would answer calls with “Number, please?” The Tracy area was given the direct-dial prefix of TE 5, later changed to 835.

Leona Darr Willis, the operator supervisor at the time of the changeover, identified those in the photo.

Today’s Remember When mystery photo, at top, shows two men admiring a brightly colored transportation van on Central Avenue in November 1976. Who are the men, and what was the occasion?
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