Phone phreaks

Chuck Borsos sqeezbox at CRUZIO.COM
Sun Jun 8 07:59:09 UTC 2003

I remember an article in Esquire magazine about phone freaking -
don't recall if it was spelled with an initial ph-.  Must have been
about 1970 or so.

>>  > "phreaking" dates back at least to the 1970's, although I
>>>  have no written
>>>  citation.  A man I knew from about 1974 to 1978 boasted to me
>>>  of being a "phone
>>  > phreak".
>I can't think of his name just now, but a guy who went by Captain
>Crunch developed an electronic phone beeper with which someone could
>make free phone calls by fooling the telephone lines into connecting
>to a long distance signal.  They were called blue boxes.  The folks
>who used these gadgets were called phone phreaks.  This was at least
>in the early 70s.


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